Burtynsky, Edward (Photographer); Mayer, Mike; Fishman, Ted & Kingwell, Mark (Contributors). CHINA: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDWARD BURTYNSKY. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 148 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the best documentary photography books on China. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Reissued Edition, scheduled for release more than ten years later, in late-2016. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Edward Burtynsky and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Edward Burtynsky. Essays by Marc Mayer, Ted Fishman, and Mark Kingwell. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Edward Burtynsky's "China". The real, industrializing, monstrously changing China, not the idealized, touristy, or propagandistic one. "Explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, shipping, oil production, and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely places. Metaphors for the dilemma of our modern existence: We are drawn by desire - the desire to live well and in comfort - yet we all know that the world is suffering to meet those demands. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet set us into uneasy contradiction and feed the dialogue in Burtynsky's images between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. Gives visual form to the industrial and urban transformation of China, a place where industrial forces are gathering on a scale that the world has never experienced before. If the earth's resources were under siege through Western colonialism and technological progress, then China is on the brink of a sweeping assault on the planet's ecosystem that is nowhere close to expressing its full impact" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward Burtynsky collectors. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws because the book is huge and unwieldy yet command as much $350. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of landscape and place of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD BURTYNSKY TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865211305. $150.00

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