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Marc Riboud in China

Riboud, Marc

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ISBN 10: 0810944308 / ISBN 13: 9780810944305
Published by Harry N. Abrams
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0810944308 Abrams, 1997. Hard cover, first edition. VG condition in VG dust jacket; a nice clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1048942

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Title: Marc Riboud in China

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1956 Marc Riboud became one of the first Western photographers to enter China since the Communist takeover of 1949, and he was permitted to return regularly over the next four decades. This book presents his compelling record of the far-reaching and rapid changes that have taken place as China has evolved through the revolutionary era into a puritanical tyranny, and finally into a mirror of the capitalist West.French jounalist Jean Danile, founder and editor of Le Novel Observateur, provides a thoughtful introduction to "the various Chinas". Riboud explains the time, the place, and the circumstances under which each photograph was taken.Marc Riboud in China accompanies an international traveling exhibition that opened that opened in Paris to great acclaim in June 1996 and will be shown at the International Center of Photography, New York city, in May 1997.


Marc Riboud's images are a window on a world in transition as China reinvents itself with dizzying speed--his is as revealing a window as we are likely to find. The contrast between China old and new, as interpreted by Riboud, is an often startling one that cannot help but inform and intrigue. He specializes in the juxtaposition of images, perhaps none are more jarring than his photograph of a poor man lugging a sack of belongings down a trash-littered back street while a pair of chubby-cheeked babies glance over his shoulder in a nearby poster and a porno actress bares her chest in an ad overhead. Riboud's home is France, his territory is the world from Vietnam to Iran, but his heart and soul are apparently in the China he has covered from the days of Mao's revolution through the erosion of Communism to the country's modern economic upheaval.

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