The true identity of China remains obscure, hidden by centuries of isolation, decades of secrecy
and layers of new dust.
This book is not an attempt to define China. It is meant simply as a record of exploration, a subjective observation, a collection of moments from the year 2007, the year of the pig.
Although the work is gleaned from various assignments and opportunities, it is held together by the very essence of a culture undergoing great change.
The paradox is evident to anyone who digs a bit deeper into this complex society.
China is rolling down a road that is new and strange, and as the rest of the world follows its progress, we witness a transformation that remains unfinished.
Using a cinematic approach to montage, CHINA: Paradox and Progress combines images that work photographically through the use of contrast, similarity, and parallelism to explore issues of modern China.
All text and photographs by John Hames.
MFA in Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design, 2002 Teacher/ Program Advisor, Rhode Island School of Design CE Formerly taught at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College. Bought my first camera in 1970. Built my first darkroom in 1979. Attended Maine Photographic Workshops with Mary Ellen Mark, Eugene Richards, Constantine Manos, Maggie Steber, Chris Rainier, and others. Awarded Aaron Siskind Fellowship Honorarium (1994 and 1996) Exhibited in the US and China. Published 7 books of photographs on Blurb. More to come!
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