The Timeless Faces of China documents through photography a remarkable sixteen-day odyssey through the People’s Republic of China interacting with the wonderful people of this vast country in the day-to-day activities of their lives.
The inspiration for this book came while on a second assignment in China in 2009 to produce a broadcast documentary of a Sino-American musical exchange tour that would cover four provinces and three of China’s largest municipalities. As I encountered people and got acquainted with them, I photographed them at every opportunity. I was as fascinated by them as they were by me. My experience with the Chinese people found them to be open with and very receptive to Westerners.
The pictures in this book represent the way I experienced the people of China in 2009. It is plain and simply a book about people. Each one depicts an individual life being lived and whole life stories could be told about each one.
Thomas S. Parry is a freelance photographer and writer. Holding advanced university degrees in languages and linguistics, he has built a successful career as a linguist, college professor, researcher, writer, higher education administrator and management consultant in academia and government for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, Thomas has traveled extensively to different parts of the world and photographed fascinating places and captured people in the course of their day-to-day lives. An avid nature photographer, Thomas specializes in photographing the environment, landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and birds. He is currently expanding his portfolio to include urban "cityscapes" and artistic interpretations of urban life. He has won numerous photographic awards and his work has appeared in Nature Photographer Magazine, Black and White Magazine and Photographer's Forum Magazine's Best of Photography 2011. He is a member of NAPP and Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA.