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Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial

Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial

Princeton Architectural Press


By Lois Conner in collaboration with Geremie R. Barme


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In three decades of visits to China, celebrated photographer Lois Conner has witnessed firsthand the monumental physical transformation of the country. Nowhere is this change more dramatic than in the capital city of Beijing, the subject of Conner's remarkable new book Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial. Conner's breathtaking black-and-white panoramas reveal an ancient city in thrall to change, where the lingering splendor of a dynastic past is cast into shadow by rising concrete and steel. Juxtaposed against the ancient ruins from the Gardens of Perfect Brightness, the ultra modern Bird's Nest" National Olympic Stadium embodies all the ambitions of a rapidly ascending China. And yet, amid all the bustle and spectacle, quietly contemplative images of city life emerge, as if rescued from another era. Rich in tone and flawless in detail, Conner's photographs capture all the complexities and contradictions of this fascinating modern metropolis.

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Size: 15 x 7.5 in;
Pages: 156 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: June 2014
ISBN: 9781616892487
Lois Conner is a Guggenheim Fellow whose photography is included in major museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, SFMoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Sackler Gallery, and the National Gallery of Australia. She currently teaches photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

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