Towards a Truer Life: Photographs of China, 1980-1990by Reagan Louie
Toward a Truer Life: Photographs of China, 1980-1990. Photographs by Reagan Louie; Essay by Jonathan Spence. From Mao's last days to the events at Tiananmen Square, Toward a Truer Life is an unprecedented record of China's struggle for modernity and of the intensely personal odyssey of a young ChineseAmerican photographer's search for his roots. Awardwinning photographer Reagan Louie returned to the land of his ancestors during the eighties, China's most tempestuous time since the founding of the People's Republic of China. 75 color photographs, 11 X 9 1/2, pages..
"Toward a Truer Life" is arguably the best photography book this year... A decade of deep seeing gave him a collection of grave, perfect color photographs, pictures that far exceed the local circumstances of their making or Mr. Louie's own quest for a past. Graceful and unexpectedly complex, given the clarity of light that infuses them), Mr. Louie's photographs present a clash between unhappy modernity and a culture that cannot be easily stripped of its heritage."
Peter B. Hales, The New York Times Book Review
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