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Spirit Stones free pdf Brilliant photographs of scholars' rocks, or Chinese ornamental stones, from a leading collection Shaped by nature and selected by man, scholars' rocks, or gongshi, have been prized by Chinese intellectuals since the Tang dynasty, and are now sought after by Western collectors as well. They are a natural subject for the photographer Jonathan Singer, most recently acclaimed for his images of those other remarkable hybrids of art and nature, Japanese bonsai. Here Singer turns his lens on some 150 fine gongshi, ancient and modern, from the world-class collection of Kemin Hu, a recognized authority on this art form. In his photographs, Singer captures the spiritual qualities of these stones as never thought possible in two dimensions- he shows us that scholars' rocks truly are, in Hu's words, "condensations of the vital essence and energy of heaven and earth." Hu contributes an introductory essay on the history and aesthetics of scholars' rocks, explaining the traditional terms of stone appreciation, such as shou (thin), zhou (wrinkled), lou (channels), and tou (holes). She also provides a narrative caption for each stone, describing its history and characteristics.

About Jonathan M. Singer

For his botanical photography, Jonathan M. Singer has been honored with the Hasselblad Laureate Award and the Carl Linnaeus Silver Medal of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. Dr. Singer's appointments include that of Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Kemin Hu, one of the foremost experts on scholars' stones, has authored several books on the subject, including Modern Chinese Scholars' Rocks, Scholars' Rocks in Ancient China: The Suyuan Stone Catalogue, The Spirit of Gongshi, and he Romance of Scholars' Rocks: Adventure in Appreciation. Thomas S. Elias, Ph.D., is chairman of the Viewing Stone Association of North America and a former director of the U.S. National Arboretum. He is the author or editor of seven books including Chrysanthemum Stones, The Story of Stone Flowers.

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Author : Jonathan M. Singer
Publisher : Artabras
Data Published : 13 February 2014
ISBN : 0789211521
EAN : 9780789211521
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 216 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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