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Yangtze Remembered: The River Beneath The Lake

Butler, Linda

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ISBN 10: 0804747547 / ISBN 13: 9780804747547
Published by Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2004
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. (6) 194 (1) pp, foreword by Simon Winchester, introduction, From Yichang to Chongqing, A Photographer's Journey, about the photography, The Dam, the Cities, the Villages, notes, acknowledgments with 103 b&w plates. Slightly dinged at top and bottom board edges, else, Pristine. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Cream cloth. Size: Folio. Bookseller Inventory # 002160

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Title: Yangtze Remembered: The River Beneath The ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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In June 2003, the Three Gorges Dam opened and a reservoir the size of lake Superior began to form, inundating 372 miles of China's Yangtze River Valley. As 1,500 cities, towns and villages disappeared beneath the dark waters, more than a million people were being moved. Around the reservoir, huge construction projects are still transforming the landscape; mighty dikes, long bridges, apartment towers, and sprawling cities are springing up. Between 2000 and 2003 Linda Butler made eight trips to the Yangtze to photograph the people, the human environment, and the natural landscape before, during, and after these changes. She spent long weeks in the busy cities and remote villages. Lyrical photographs of dramatic vistas are paired with images showing the ravages visited on this region by coal mining and erosion. Intimate shots of interiors reveal the contents of homes and stores, a table set for an impromptu meal, or a shop counter scattered with seed packets and posters of Mao. Informal portraits of local inhabitants preserve a record of the people as they carry pigs to market, load all their household furnishings onto a boat, or play badminton on a village street. Accompanying the images is the photographer's travel commentary, which reads like a dynamic series of short stories. Butler's words reveal the invisible stories of the common people as they struggle to come to terms with the destruction of their homes and lives. Since ancient times, the Yangtze River itself has been like an unpredictable neighbor―sometimes generous, but at other times wreaking havoc on the lives of others. Perhaps because the river people have lived near such volatility they have developed a profound resilience in the face of adversity. Yangtze Remembered is both a measured and a passionate book. The powerful images reveal much that we have never seen before and cannot ever see again.

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“...Butler is a consummate artisan and the prints are marvels of tonal graduation and detail.”—San Jose Mercury News
“Those who view these images... will be by turns amazed and dejected: no one who loves China and her people will ever forget these carefully made photographs, nor the moment in history that they so eloquently record, nor the poignancy that they so quietly reveal.”—Simon Winchester

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