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China: Portrait of a People Paperback – Illustrated, July 16, 2010

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One of China's most extraordinary explorers. --The World of Chinese

Part of the strength of this book is its independent spirit. It's not a travel guide showing China dressed in its Sunday best, or a photojournalistic approach documenting the underbelly of the country, but rather a peek at the sights Carter has seen and a corrective to both the glowing promotional images and negative media shots that we are all familiar with. --China Daily

Tom Carter is an extraordinary photographer whose powerful work captures the heart and soul of the Chinese people. --Anchee Min, author of Red Azalea

Tom Carter's photo book is an honest and objective record of the Chinese and our way of life... his camera leads us through 33 wide-sweeping scenes of the real and the surreal. --Mian Mian, author of Candy

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blacksmith Books; Illustrated edition (July 16, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 638 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9889979942
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9889979942
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.87 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.32 x 2.12 x 6.12 inches
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An inveterate vagrant who flirts with pictures and words, Tom Carter spent 2 straight years backpacking a groundbreaking 35,000 miles across all 33 Chinese provinces, and was named "one of China's foremost explorers" by The World of Chinese magazine. His first book CHINA: Portrait of a People (2008, Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong) has been hailed as the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author. He is also the editor of Unsavory Elements (2013, Earnshaw Books, Shanghai), an anthology about foreign expats in China. Carter contributed photographs to a critically acclaimed Chinese-language travelogue authored by his wife Hong Mei about their year backpacking together across India. Most recently, he penned the illustrated biography An American Bum in China (2019, Camphor Press, Taiwan). Tom Carter was born and raised in the City of San Francisco, graduated with a degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C., and has called China home since 2004.

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