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China Obscura
     

China Obscura

by Mark Leong, Yang Lian (Foreword by), Peter Hessler (Afterword)
 

Arriving in mainland China by chance just a day after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, young Chinese-American photographer Mark Leong was compelled to stay and explore with his camera's lens the fascinating contradictions of a rapidly changing but still intensely traditional Chinese society. Living in Beijing and traveling across China for the past fifteen

Overview

Arriving in mainland China by chance just a day after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, young Chinese-American photographer Mark Leong was compelled to stay and explore with his camera's lens the fascinating contradictions of a rapidly changing but still intensely traditional Chinese society. Living in Beijing and traveling across China for the past fifteen years, he has captured images that astonish with their power and with his unprecedented access to both official and underground Chinese culture. This is a China rarely seen, where schoolchildren learn the tenets of Mao and an addict sifts heroin on a bill bearing the Chairman's benevolent likeness; where nervous stockbrokers carry handguns and teenage rollerbladers hope for fame and financial sponsorship. In more than 150 photographs, with a foreword by noted Chinese poet Yang Lian and an afterword by author Peter Hessler, China Obscura is an intimate and exquisitely detailed portrait of a society accelerating toward an uncertain future, precariously straddled between old and new.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811844611
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Leong lives in Beijing. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Peter Hessler is the author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, which was awarded the prestigious Kiriyama Prize for nonfiction. He lives in Beijing.

Yang Lian has been exiled from China since the political turmoil in 1989. Active on the international literary scene, his poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages. He now lives in London.

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