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(Bertien Van Manen) (East Wind West Wind) (Signed copy)


Amsterdam: De Verbeelding Publishing, 1st printing, 2001, Signed copy, In English and Chinese, Softcover

Condition: Good, Shelfwear, Rubbed edges, Some stains on right-hand side. (See the photo.) Edges are slightly yellowed by aging.

Shipped from Germany

"Bertien van Manen is a reporter of intimacy. To penetrate the privacy of other people’s lives would take a great deal of tact anywhere. For a Dutch photographer to have found her way into the intimate corners of Chinese lives must have taken more than that. China, for all its hospitality, can be an intensely private place. It is traditionally a country of walled cities, walled palaces, walled gardens, and walled family compounds. The family is still the basic unit that dominates most Chinese lives. And Bertien van Manen has penetrated those units, to show us how Chinese live, eat, touch, talk, and sleep in private. To have done this she must have been not only tactful, put persistant, curious and symphathetic. You can tell from her photographs that she was trusted. Even if she never sees them again, you feel that her subjects are her friends.” - Ian Buruma