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Near Laixi, Eastern Shandong, China, Fall 1981 (P1990.51.1445)  Rocky Gorge, Huangshan, Anhui, China, July 19, 1980 (P1990.51.1436.1)
Bamboo in Garden, Suzhou, Kiangsu, China, July 22, 1980 (P1990.51.1441.1)  Ferry, Chongqing, Sichuan, China, Summer 1980 (P1990.58.1.2)
  • After applying to visit China several times, Eliot Porter and his sons Patrick and Jonathan were admitted into the country for seven closely monitored weeks in 1980; Porter and Jonathan returned the following year.
  • Now interested in the ties between people and the land, he also photographed views of city life: street vendor stands, harbor scenes, movie theaters, and school children, as well as landscape views. Photographing people was unusual for the artist, but Porter wanted to illustrate the character of this populous country, which has one-fourth of the world’s population.
  • In collaboration with his son, Jonathan, a China scholar, Porter produced the book All Under Heaven: The Chinese World (1983).
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