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Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey
     

Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey

by Michael Yamashita (Photographer)
 

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Marco Polo is perhaps the world’s most famous and fascinating explorer, travelling though a still-mythical Asia for twenty-four years in the thirteenth century. This book retraces his journey with National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita, and provides the most comprehensive pictorial and descriptive record ever compiled of Marco Polo’s adventures.

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Marco Polo is perhaps the world’s most famous and fascinating explorer, travelling though a still-mythical Asia for twenty-four years in the thirteenth century. This book retraces his journey with National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita, and provides the most comprehensive pictorial and descriptive record ever compiled of Marco Polo’s adventures.

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National Geographic photojournalist Yamashita set off to retrace Marco Polo's 13th-century journey through the Far East, spurred on by the continuing controversy over whether the explorer actually made the trip—experts dispute that Polo made it to China on the grounds that his tales make no mention of bound feet, calligraphy, chopsticks, and tea, all of which the Italian explorer would have found unusual, to say the least. The route, return trip included, is one that "no one, as far as we know, had ever completed," writes Yamashita, whose effort to defend the Venetian voyager results in a fascinating in-depth interweaving of a photographer's present-day travels with Guadalupi's narrative of Marco Polo's historical journey. The greatest treasures of Yamashita's pilgrimage are his stunning photographs: at the point of origin, a crowded St. Mark's Square, the Grand Princess cruise ship in the background and pigeons veiling the sky; the "deep and sincere veneration" of a cow in Chennai; sadhus with coils of hair twelve feet long; one of the few remaining Chinese women with bound feet; the orangutans Marco Polo mistook for "men with tails... who live in the mountains and are a kind of wild men." Yamashita discovers that along much of the route, some regions have not changed in 700 years. His anecdotes both inform and entertain, while delving into his photographic process: "After three hours, there was still no break in the clouds. Then suddenly, the sun appeared for five minutes, all I needed to make the frame I wanted." (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760737613
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/15/2002

Meet the Author

Michael Yamashita has combined his two passions, photography and travel, as a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1979, working in such diverse locations as Somalia, Sudan, England, Ireland, and New Guinea. He has traveled to six continents, but Asia is his special area of concentration. He has received numerous professional awards, including the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Pictures of the Year Competition, New York Art Director's Club; Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA); and the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA).
gianni guadalupi, born in 1943, has worked for 30 years as a writer, translator, and anthology editor, dealing in particular with non-fiction and fiction travel writing.
For White Star Publishers he has written The Discovery of the Nile (1997), China Revealed, The Holy Bible (2003) and has edited The World's Greatest Treasures (1998) and collaborated on the historical chapters of the wild-life series The Art of Being.

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