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Close to the Eyes
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Author:Xiao Hui Wang
Publisher:Prestel
ISBN:3-7913-2485-3
RRP:24.95
Price: from 12.98!
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A book of the portraits of Xiao Hui Wang, a Chinese photography now living in Germany, who always carries her camera and has recorded many subjects over the last decade while visiting Europe, North America, Asia and Australia
The book begins with an insight into how the Chinese view portraits, written by Tilman Spengler. Then we have a fascinating autobiographical piece that explains how Xiao Hui Wang developed her style, covering the ordeals of her family life, her enthralling observations and her passion for photography. Then to the pictures, 62 of them, each focusing on the subjects eyes, often looking directly at you. Its haunting in parts, emotional in others. Its not a book where you can learn about technique, just feel the charm of the images. I would like to have known a little about the subjects, but all you get is the city and year the photo was taken. I guess the lack of detail adds to the intrigue.

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