Towards a Truer Life: Photographs of China, 1980-1990

Towards a Truer Life: Photographs of China, 1980-1990

by 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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Chinese American photographer Louie has provided another in a recent crop of books recording photographic journeys in contemporary China (e.g., How Man Wong's Exploring the Yangtze: China's Longest River , LJ 4/1/90; Marc Riboud's Capital of Heaven , LJ 1/91). Unlike the photographs of Wong and Riboud, which focus mostly on China's natural features, Louie's work is distinguished by an interest in the people of China and their country's uneven transformation into a modern industrial society. The result is a set of thought-provoking portraits and cityscapes with subtle autobiographical resonance. This is suitable for all audiences with an interest in contemporary China or photography.-- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati
Booknews
Evocative color photos by a Chinese-American photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and who currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. Publication coincides with a traveling exhibit which opened in San Francisco in July. 83/4x101/4". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893814656
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Series:
Untitled
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
11.27(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.59(d)

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