International Earth Week – by Tom Carter

Elderly Jiangsu farmer in her field of rapeseed

Elderly Jiangsu farmer in her field of rapeseed

Travel photographer Tom Carter was born and raised in the City of San Francisco and graduated with a degree in

Photographer Tom Carter in Kham, eastern Tibet.

Photographer Tom Carter in Kham, eastern Tibet.

Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C. Following a political career with a number of high-profile state and national campaigns, Tom decided to “peek over the fence” and subsequently spent 18 months backpacking down the length of Mexico, Cuba, and Central America. Tom later spent one year in Japan, one year in India, and four years in the People’s Republic of China, travelling extensively throughout the country’s 33 provinces and autonomous regions. The result was his first book, CHINA: Portrait of a People, hailed as the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author.

See Tom’s book on Amazon and connect with him on Facebook and on his website.

Anhui's "Bamboo Sea" where the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed.

Anhui’s “Bamboo Sea” where the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed.

Left: Fujian farmer lost in a tangle of squash vines. Right: Hip Tibetan youth, Sichuan.

Left: Fujian farmer lost in a tangle of squash vines. Right: Hip Tibetan youth, Sichuan.

Rock formations of Wulingyuan National Park in northern Hunan.

Rock formations of Wulingyuan National Park in northern Hunan.

Left: Chongqing City, a dense cluster of apartment towers in China's most populous municipality. Right: Tulou earth village of the Fujian Hakka people.

Left: Chongqing City, a dense cluster of apartment towers in China’s most populous municipality. Right: Tulou earth village of the Fujian Hakka people.

Langmusi, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage destination in Gansu.

Langmusi, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage destination in Gansu.

Note from Karen – You must absolutely check out this link in The Atlantic  for more stunning photos by Tom.

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12 responses to “International Earth Week – by Tom Carter

  1. Jessica Messinger

    Fabulous pictures! Thanks for the peek into another culture.

  2. These are exceptional – wow

  3. Tom’s work is absolutely stunning. He captures so much beauty, humanity and poverty. Loved seeing the additional photos in the Atlantic. Such talent.

  4. Stunning images Tom!

  5. What an amazing experience to have a collection of photos affect you on so many levels – visual, emotional, historic, cultural…these and the photos from the link you recommended were truly edifying. Thanks for introducing us to Tom and his outstanding and important culture-bridging work.

  6. Love this! Makes me want to hop on a plane and go! 🙂

  7. Isn’t it great to see another culture with real-live places and people? I’ve seen many many of Tom’s photos. I think I like the people photos the best – they show the diversity of the people in that culture, village to village, youngsters to oldsters. Did you read the article in HP I posted on FB? Fascinating! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tomcarter/china-peasants_b_2963738.html. Tom also did an interview on Janie Chang’s blog – http://www.janiechang.com/blog/author-interview-tom-carter.

  8. Thanks to everyone for your kind words.

  9. Loved the range. The rock formations in Hunan reminded me of a similar rock formation in Dresden.

  10. Hauntingly beautiful…the bamboo forest has such a wonderful angle to it.

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