Tourist Chair
Tourist Chair

Intervention and Cultural Tourism in China A Fulbright Grant Project

China remains a screen onto which Westerners project their fantasies of the exotic. Photography, as used by tourists, artists, and academics alike has contributed significantly to a domain of fantasy and spectacle. Images produced through snapshot photography, often imitating a documentary style, are bound to the preconceptions of a group of photographers that is largely foreign. An infant slung over its young mother's shoulder wearing richly embroidered Asian garments, a straw basket roped to a man's back, a snowy landscape that could have been painted a thousand years earlier: these are the romantic notions of an exotic world created through the popular practice of photography. 

 
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Tourist Chair

Intervention and Cultural Tourism in China A Fulbright Grant Project

China remains a screen onto which Westerners project their fantasies of the exotic. Photography, as used by tourists, artists, and academics alike has contributed significantly to a domain of fantasy and spectacle. Images produced through snapshot photography, often imitating a documentary style, are bound to the preconceptions of a group of photographers that is largely foreign. An infant slung over its young mother's shoulder wearing richly embroidered Asian garments, a straw basket roped to a man's back, a snowy landscape that could have been painted a thousand years earlier: these are the romantic notions of an exotic world created through the popular practice of photography. 

 
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