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Synopsis: Beginning in the 1980s, over many years and many journeys, Daniel Schwartz has patiently and obsessively photographed one of mankind's supreme monuments -- the Great Wall of China. Schwartz was the first foreigner ever to be allowed to see so much of the Wall. From the border of North Korea westward he traveled through mountains and deserts and frozen grasslands to the borders of Central Asia. China's new policy of openness encouraged him to revisit the Wall and to photograph areas that had been closed even to him on previous journeys.
This extraordinary project is at once a beautiful photographic essay, an intriguing conceptual art project, and a personal odyssey. As Schwartz has said: "I went to China to find out what I was capable of. . . I wanted to do it because it was impossible. I wanted to find out where the boundaries of the impossible lay and how close I could get to them".
To place the photographs in context, the Chinese historian Luo Zhewen, who has dedicated his life to a study of the Great Wall, has written an essential brief history. Also included is Jorge Luis Borges's short meditation "The Wall and the Books" and an extract from Franz Kafka's illuminating short story "The Great Wall of China".
The Great Wall is acknowledged as the world's most amazing man-made artifact. Daniel Schwartz, with his profound and haunting photographs, has made not only a unique document but a book that is a work of art in itself.
About the Author: Daniel Schwartz, the award-winning photographer, is the author of Delta: The Perils, Profits and Politics of Water in South and Southeast Asia, also published by Thames & Hudson.
Title: The Great Wall of China
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Acceptable items may shows sign of prior usage, pages stained or discoloured from the outside. Covers/corners and spine may be worn/bent, may contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001341656
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002251292
Book Description Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0500542430I3N10
Book Description Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2759022132
Book Description Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some light highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2777821968
Book Description Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0500542430I3N00
Book Description Thames & Hudson. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2802319150
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001477793
Book Description Thames and Hudson Ltd, New York, NY, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. Normal shelf bumps to jacket; otherwise in very good shape. Book itself in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000033
Book Description Thames and Hudson Ltd 10/09/2001, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. A few dirty marks and some shelf wear on cover. Content is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 047298-8