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Gambling with Life (Images from China's Detention System (1986-1997))

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• Rarely seen images from China's detention system; the stark and beautiful photography is accompanied by texts that place the images in a precise historical period and explain the context • Includes a number of moving stories told by the author Niu Guozheng hails from Henan, a province of inland China. Employed in the law enforcement agency of the Pingdingshan prefecture, whose economy is largely based on mining - an activity he has portrayed in two distinct photographic series - Niu witnessed situations that his own sense of justice considered as unjustifiable. He documented living conditions in centres for custody and interrogation (in Chinese 'shoushensuo'), thinking that the treatment of the prisoners was not worthy of his country's ethics. His activity as a camera-carrying policeman, accepted or tolerated by his colleagues and by the inmates, was motivated by his belief that only knowledge of facts can bring about the solution of problems. The centres for custody and interrogation were shut in 1997 thanks to a reform of the criminal justice process. Exhibited at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing for a short time, Niu Guozheng's reportage has not been published to date. His images, stark and disturbing in some cases, tenderly poetic in others, characterize an eye that merges the documentary intent with a very strong aesthetic sensibility which reminds us of the classic masters of photography. Text in English, Chinese, and Italian.

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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Niu Guozheng, Monica Dematte
    Format:
    Hardcover
    Pages:
    192
    Publisher:
    Officina Libraria (December 1, 2019)
    Language:
    English
    Audience:
    General/trade
    ISBN-13:
    9788833670492
    ISBN-10:
    883367049X
    Dimensions:
    11.5" x 7.5"
    File:
    NBN-NBN_All_Updates_20191206-20191206.xml
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    NBN
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    $50
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    $42.00
    Publisher Identifier:
    P-NBN
    Discount Code:
    C
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