CHINA: Portrait of a People is travel photographer Tom Carter's visual "tribute to the People of the People's Republic of China", having logged over 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) across the 33 provinces of China to document "the daily lives of ordinary Chinese who don't make international headlines yet are the heart and soul of this country."
Tom set out to travel across and photograph the entire country - the first foreigner in the history of China to have ever done so - over a continuous period of 2 years to "dispel the popular western misconception of the Chinese as a single, homogenized race." In doing so, Tom successfully captured on film the 56 different ethnicities which comprise China's diverse demographics.
As Tom writes in the introduction of this book, "It is my most sincere hope that this book can unite the people immortalized in its pages - Tibetan pilgrims and Beijing scholars, Uyghur Muslims and Shanghai bankers, Hong Kong millionaires and Shanxi miners - in celebration of their glorious cultures."
The definitive book spans 640 pages and 888 images of life and humanity throughout urban and rural China, beginning in Beijing, "where crumbling walls encompass steel skylines and the disquiet of deconstruction harmonizes with development's din," and concluding with Tibet, China's most inaccessible region.
CHINA: Portrait of a People is considered the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author.