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Empire: Impressions of China (Imago Mundi series) [Hardcover]

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With tremendous tenacity, the people of China are changing the face of their country - often with their own bare hands. Sometimes, it seems as if not a single plot of ground has been left unturned or unproductive. The changes are so rapid and so prolific that the photographer finds himself constantly a step behind.
James Delano regards change in China with mixed feelings. The light in china is muted by the ever-present coal smoke, which creates a softness. People's faces are smudged, and have the hungry, ambitious eyes of those who work with their hands. This generation may be rough around the edges, but they are on the way up, sacrificing for their children and grandchildren; they are nation-building. But no matter how much China transforms itself, a certain degree of "Chineseness" will always remain. The question is, how much?
Immersing himself in a country means, for Delano, quietly wandering the backstreets of the cities, towns and villages. It is still possible to slip into a place or situation unnoticed - at least temporarily. He passes by quickly and quietly in order to capture the immediacy that he seeks before he disturbs the scene. If he is too slow, the moment is lost forever.
These pictures are a strong photographic exploration of what lies beneath the surface of the subject; a study of light, form, energy, emotion and how China reacts to the intrusion of a foreign observer. This book presents a critical, at times ironic, but always informed vision of the nation and its people.

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Pages   72
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 11.5" Height: 10"
Weight:   2.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 19, 2006
Publisher   5 Continents Editions
ISBN  8874391277  
ISBN13  9788874391271  

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James Whitlow Delano is a photographer who has contributed to Harper's, Interview, Outside, Time, and Travel & Leisure. He is the recipient of the 2000 Alfred Eisenstaedt Award. Orville Schell is the dean of the school of journalism of the University of California–Berkeley. He is the author of Virtual Tibet and the editor of The China Reader. He lives in Berkeley, California. Colin Jacobson heads the MA photography program at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall. He has written widely on contemporary photography.

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Great Pictures, Shame about the Printing  Apr 9, 2008
I love his work so I was pretty dissapointed in the printing quality in this book. I'm still giving this book 4 stars though because he's an exceptional photographer. I hope a quality publisher will do his next book though.
not to be missed  Mar 31, 2006
An amazing body of work, and a must for anyone visually interested in the China of the late 1990's/ early 00's.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold  Sep 22, 2005
I write this knowing that the Agfa paper James Delano has used so far in his career, is about to be discontinued -- like many of the rural locales he chronicles in this book. And there is no better elegy for Agfa's silver paper than this collection of images, where Delano uses the paper to breath-taking effect. The images have an elegiac quality, everyday Chinese moments that have been caught and wrapped with a shimmering, silver timelessness. My favourite is the rural woman crossing a wooden bridge with her two infants - black and white photography at its very best. Elsewhere, Delano has manually dodged the paper to near-black, forming blurred images that have the mystery and power of half-buried archetypes.

Agfa is gone, thank God for Ilford!
A for EFFORT!  Sep 13, 2005
I'm thankful that some publisher was wise enough to feature James Whitlow Delano's work in his very own book. But I'm sorry it was Imago Mundi. Why couldn't it have been Phaidon, Scalo or Taschen? They could have really done his work some justice.

What are my complaints one might ask. Well my main issue with the book is the fact that the images are muddy and far darker than his work actually is. You see, I learned of this book in an interview with Delano on a DVD produced by LensWork magazine. The DVD, which is a far better investment than this book, goes into detail about Whitlow's career, his origins in photography and his influences. Unlike this book, the DVD also features 160 of his works and they are presented far better than anything in this book.

Do I recommend this book? Well not for anyone who's looking for an introduction to his. I would suggest LenWork's DVD/CD set or Delano's own website for that. But if you are a fan or collector then you probably wouldn't need my input to begin with. I would only urge someone to purchase this book in the hopes that Delano can benefit from the sales and continue to fund his future projects. Maybe if other publishers find that there is interest in publications of his works, then someone who is truely capable of producing a quality presentation may just step forward.

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