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Review: "Simply China" by Nancy Brown

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Beijing, China - Nikon Legend Nancy Brown, who has been a professional photographer for three decades, took her first trip to China in 2005. She was immediately enthralled.
"When I stepped off the plane on my first visit," she explains, "I began my photographic love affair with China and its people."

Five years and six additional trips later, Nancy has released a 289-page large-sized coffee table photography book, Simply China. In the book's introduction, which contains text in both Chinese and English, Nancy explains how the deep kindness of the Chinese people, their pervasive warmth to a stranger in their midst, and the glorious beauty of China's landscape, architecture, and art continues to move her.

She also explains why, with the exception of the Forbidden City, Brown tends to head for the rural areas - what she calls "the real China" - where not many non-Chinese go.

The book is divided into seven sections: The Forbidden City, Inner Mongolia (the grasslands of China), Guangxi, West Sichuan, Zhouzhuang, Tibet, and Qinghai Province. Its numerous captivating images, ranging from a snowfall at The Great Wall, to yurts in the grasslands, to monks at a remote monastery, to wild Mongolian horses, powerfully reveal the beauty the photographer sees.

Brown has been a commercial photographer for over thirty years, specializing in lifestyle and beauty images for advertising agencies, magazines, design firms, book publishers, and pharmaceutical agencies. After working out of her New York studio for thirty years, she now works from Boca Raton, Florida. Nancy has had five photography books published and was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Getty Images is her stock agency. Since her first visit to the country in 2005, China has become her favorite beauty subject.

Nancy comments, "It is heaven for me to wander around villages and remote areas of China with my cameras around my neck. Making the images in this book was pure joy, and I hope that those who see them feel the beauty and spirit of China as I do."

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