A journey along the Great Wall in the past and present, this landmark volume offers an extraordinary portrait of perhaps the world’s most famous structure. Carrying his camera and a file of vintage photographs—the earliest dating from 1871—author-photographer William Lindesay traveled across Northern China for three years, searching for settings where the Great Wall could be examined in the past and present, side by side. The result, The Great Wall Revisited, presents seventy-two of the most elucidating then- and-now comparisons. This glossy dossier opens out as an extraordinary journey from the Jade Gate in northwest China’s Gobi Desert to Old Dragon’s Head on the Yellow Sea.
Far more than a romantic look at the Great Wall of yesteryear, this stunning, artfully crafted volume also contains concise histories of the sites that Lindesay’s images revisit. Colorful literary impressions composed by earlier visitors, juxtaposed with contemporary eyewitness accounts of change traced along the Wall, afford a sense of history unfolding and time inexorably creeping along the contours of this enduring monument to human ingenuity.
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William Lindesay made a solo journey along the Great Wall on foot in 1987—nearly 2,500 km. Since settling in China in 1990, he founded International Friends of the Great Wall, an organization that cooperates on preservation projects with the Beijing Administration of Cultural Heritage and the World Monuments Fund. Lindesay is the author of Alone on the Great Wall and Images of Asia: The Great Wall. He was awarded the Friendship Medal from the Chinese Government and holds the rank of Officer, Order of the British Empire.Review:
The mystery and magnificence of the Great Wall of China have fascinated historians and artists for centuries. In recent years, photographer Lindesay traveled the entire length of the wall to document its current state in comparison to earlier photographs and drawings. For this elegant, lavishly illustrated book, Lindesay selected 72 of the most striking comparisons, juxtaposing his new photographs with the older images to illustrate the "changes inflicted by man and nature."...Lindesay's album...provides a one-of-a-kind time-lapse view of the wall and a thoughtful lesson about the preservation of historical monuments. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) 2008-07-21)
In 1990, William Lindesay, a British authority on the Great Wall, Beijing, happened upon a copy of The Great Wall of China, a travelogue by William Edgar Geil--very likely the first individual, Chinese included--to traverse the entire Great Wall of China, at the turn of the century...Lindesay thumbed through the book, transfixed by the photographs, particularly one showing Geil near a tower on a remote section of the wall. Lindesay possessed his own photograph of that very site; however, by the time he arrived there in 1987, the tower visible in Geil's image had vanished...Beginning in 2004, he set out to locate and re-photograph the sites depicted in Geil's pictures...Lindesay's then-and-now images...document changes to the wall in the last century. (Smithsonian 2008-08-01)
The second-best instrument besides a ticket to see something in person is a good book. Or, in this case, a great book. (Catharine Hamm Los Angeles Times 2008-12-24)
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Descripción Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110711228930