Nadav KANDER, Tappin GOFTON (Book Design)

Yangtze. The Long River

HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 35 x 28 x
2,5 cm., 188 pp., 77 color ills., text language: English.
Hatje Cantz 2011.
ISBN 9783775726832

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"Photographs of the constantly changing landscape along the Yangtze River, before the initial startup of the Three Gorges Dam - Authentic images of China’s leap into a new er.

KANDER (b. 1961 in Israel) creates images in an age of radical change: in a series awarded the famed Prix Pictet in 2009, he photographed a China in the process of revolution.

Traveling along the Yangtze River, he took serene pictures of people haplessly facing overwhelming change. In these pictures, the river—China’s main artery—becomes a metaphor of constant transformation. The tiny figure of a mother with a baby in her arms leans against a huge bridge piling, and one cannot help but wonder what the country will look like when this child is an adult. There are still traces of the old China, for whose spirituality the river was important, but the idyllic old buildings and houseboats have been replaced by colossal new apartment complexes that emulate Western architecture.
As KANDER himself says: 'China is a nation that appears to be severing its roots by destroying its past in the wake of the sheer force of its moving ‘forward’ at such an astounding and unnatural pace. A people scarring their country, and a country scarring its people'.” (publisher's note, © Hatje Caantz, 2011)

German Photobook Award in Gold 2011

Book Reviews:
“It is a book that exudes a certain surface calmness in its detached gaze, its formal beauty and the muted tones of the often-vast landscapes KANDER captures.” (© The Guardian)
“‘Yangtze, The Long River’ is not so much a book about China at this particular point in time, it's a book about us and what we are making out of this planet. It's not a pretty sight. A book that deserves wide exposure.” (© Jörg Colberg, Conscientious)
“The book is a gem and the work is timeless, which makes it a must have for any serious photo-book collector.” (© photo-eye Magazine)

"Aufnahmen der sich ständig wandelnden Landschaften entlang des Jangtse, vor Inbetriebnahme des riesigen Drei-Schluchten-Damms - Authentische Bilder aus China auf dem Sprung in die neue Zeit.

Nadav KANDER (*1961 in Israel) macht Bilder in Zeiten des Umbruchs: In seiner 2009 mit dem renommierten 'Prix Pictet' ausgezeichneten Serie foto-grafiert er das sich wandelnde China entlang des Jangtse und den einzelnen Menschen, der sich der Gewalt dieser Veränderungen anscheinend hilflos gegenüber sieht. Der Fluss, die Lebensader Chinas, wird in diesen Bildern zum Symbol des unaufhaltsamen Wandels. (...) Noch finden sich Reste des alten Chinas, in dessen Spiritualität der Strom eine bedeutende Rolle spielte, doch die idyl-lischen alten Gebäude und Hausboote werden durch überdimensionierte neue Wohnblocks ersetzt, die Architekturformen des Westens kopieren." (Verlagstext, © Hatje Cantz, 2011)

Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2011 in Gold

Presse:
"'Yangtze – The Long River' ist ein verzauberndes Buch, denn es gelingt Nadav KANDER, mit seiner eigenen Ästhetik den oft grausamen Zuständen träumerische Momente abzuringen." (© Freddy Langer, F.A.Z.)
"Eine bedrückende Elegie, aber ein großartiges Buch." (© Kommune)