THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOIS CONNER

Foreword by JONATHAN SPENCE

Essay by GEREMIE R. BARMÉ

An astonishing magnum opus by this great women photographer who documented the subtle beauty and dramatically changing face of China. 

For fifteen years Lois Conner traveled alone throughout China equipped with a huge banquet camera. She photographed the landscapes and the people, documenting the ancient and unchanging geological terrain as well as the social and cultural upheaval of contemporary China. Her camera, weighing forty pounds, produced a negative that was seven inches high and seventeen inches wide, enabling her to make breathtaking panoramas. One photograph might recall the poetry of scroll paintings, while the next captures the ambitious energy of a nation building and rebuilding itself as it entered the new century.

China includes a foreword by Jonathan Spence, acclaimed sinologist and Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, as well as an essay by noted scholar Geremie R. Barmé of the Australian National University.

Lois Conner has been the recipient of fellowshipsfrom the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her work is represented in major museums and corporate collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas. She lives in New York City.

16 1/2 x 10 3/8, 152 pages

84 tritone photographs