Buddha, Le Shan, Sichuan, China

Buddha, Le Shan, Sichuan, China


Lois Conner

(American, b. 1951)

Platinum print

Image: 42.6 x 16 cm (16 3/4 x 6 5/16 in.); Paper: 46.5 x 21.8 cm (18 5/16 x 8 9/16 in.); Matted: 66 x 35.6 cm (26 x 14 in.)

Gift of Friends of Photography 1996.308



Lois Conner has made numerous visits to China, traveling alone and carrying over forty-five pounds of equipment on her bicycle. Inspired by the beauty of the elongated painted scrolls of Chinese landscape painters, she chose a large antique view camera to create her 7-x-17-inch negatives. Conner's platinum printing process results in a seemingly limitless depth of field, broad and graduated shades of gray, and the extraordinary depiction of details. The 200-foot Buddha in this image is located in the city of Le Shan. It was carved into the rocky cliffs in the 8th century with the hope that the converging rivers at its feet would not flood the town. The entire construction took over ninety years to complete.

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