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Beijing Contemporary and Imperial


by Lois Conner
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by Lois Conner

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In three decades of visits to China, celebrated photographer Lois Conner has witnessed firsthand the monumental physical transformation of the country. Nowhere is this change more dramatic than in the capital city of Beijing, the subject of Conner's remarkable new book Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial. Conner's breathtaking black-and-white panoramas reveal an ancient city in thrall to change, where the lingering splendor of a dynastic past is cast into shadow by rising concrete and steel. Juxtaposed against the ancient ruins from the Gardens of Perfect Brightness, the ultra modern "Bird's Nest" National Olympic Stadium embodies all the ambitions of a rapidly ascending China. And yet, amid all the bustle and spectacle, quietly contemplative images of city life emerge, as if rescued from another era. Rich in tone and flawless in detail, Conner's photographs capture all the complexities and contradictions of this fascinating modern metropolis.

This deluxe large-format edition features superb photographic reproductions.  Photographer uses a large forty-pound 7-by-17-inch panoramic "banquet" camera whose aspect ratio comes closest to the elongated hand scrolls of traditional Chinese art.

Lois Conner is a Guggenheim Fellow whose photography is included in major museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, SFMoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Sackler Gallery, and the National Gallery of Australia. She currently teaches photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. "Her stunningly beautiful, elegant, complexly composed photographs of Beijing reveal the turbulence and flux of the past three centuries in China through the monuments, landscape and urban fabric of its capital city." (Art Daily)

ISBN 13
9781616892487
Publisher
Princeton Architectural Press
Date Published
2014
Dimensions

38.1 × 19.1 cm

Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
No. of Pages
156
Image Count
91
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