Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey

Overview

Award-winning National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita recreates Marco Polo's fabled journey, documenting his own adventures in 500 stunning photographs. Beginning at Venice's Grand Canal, he travels through Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and along the legendary Silk Road to China, returning via coastal Sumatra, Sri Lanka, and India. This trimmer edition of the 2002 bestseller retains the historical introduction and fascinating Polo-era maps and artwork.
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Overview

Award-winning National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita recreates Marco Polo's fabled journey, documenting his own adventures in 500 stunning photographs. Beginning at Venice's Grand Canal, he travels through Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and along the legendary Silk Road to China, returning via coastal Sumatra, Sri Lanka, and India. This trimmer edition of the 2002 bestseller retains the historical introduction and fascinating Polo-era maps and artwork.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788854405875
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Yamashita, award-winning National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker, is the author of Zheng He: Tracing the Epic Voyages of China's Greatest Explorer, The Great Wall from Beginning to End, and Mekong: Mother of Waters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Wonderful !!

    I have been fascinating by the beauty of all those pictures...an incredible journey... I desperatly try to find another copy to send to my friends....why did this book disappear from the e-shelves so quickly ????

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