New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1985. Hiroji Kubota (photographs). First Edition (stated). Hardcover. Used - Fine. Red silk cloth boards with gilt lettering on front board and spine. Light wear to lower right corners. Cream textured endpapers. Binding tight and square. Clean, unmarked. 186 color photographs. 31 x 30 cm. 204 pp. / Very Good/Fine. Light toning/discoloration. Some scratches to front cover. Some wear to top edges of front and rear covers. Light to moderate scuffing and general wear. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #8635
From Publisher's Weekly:
The China framed by Kubota's camera lens is neither a collectivist utopia lurching toward a high-tech future nor a consumer society adopting capitalist ways, trends overplayed recently in the Western press. Instead we glimpse an immensely varied, post-feudal China struggling to modernize in the face of persistently low living standards. One hundred eighty-five candid color photographs show ferryboats and junks; meat shops where slaughtered cats and dogs are sold as food; careworn peasants, student artists, nude bathers, duck farmers; ancestor worshippers, devout Muslims and Tibetan lamaists. Kubota, born in China but launched on his photographic career in the U.S., traveled through the People's Republic from 1979 to 1984. He roamed from northwestern deserts to Manchurian forests, from ice-fishing in subzero temperatures to tribal ""water festivals.'' Yet, somehow, the Chinese people and the country's political climate remain elusive in all of this.