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W. Or The Eye Of A Long-Nose

The tremendous power and complex mysteries that lie at the heart Chinese culture, documented in Patrick Zachmann's decade-long cross-cultural study

Patrick Zachmann

Patrick Zachmann A group of Chinese watching 'the Long Nose', a term which refers to all westerners, including the photographer. Beijing, China. 1982. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann The Chinese community. Mr and Mrs Chung, emigrated from Canton to the United States in 1949 and settled in New York City. Chinatown, New York City, USA. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Ah Sai, former member of secret society Sun Yee On. Kowloon, Hong Kong. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Prostitute. Patpong district, Bangkok, Thailand. 1991 © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Young drug addict victim of the effects of the Thai government anti-drug campaign, waiting for imported heroin. Golden triangle, Village of Pakhia, Thailand. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Prostitutes. The "Super Rex", bar for homosexuals. Soï Cow Boy district, Bangkok, Thailand. 1991. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Prostitute. Soï Nana district, Bangkok, Thailand. 1991. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Road of the Veil. Before 1978, when all relations with China were broken off, this street was entirely Chinese. Today, only a few mixed families still live on it.Family Tchung. Hanoï, Vietnam. 1 (...)
Patrick Zachmann Chinatown, New York, USA. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Worldwide meeting of Chinese Teochew from Guandong. La Defense, Paris, France. September 1991. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann The Walled City, formerly an enclave of China, where Hong Kong police were not authorized to enter. Dealers and Triads were allowed do business there undisturbed. The City was destroyed when sovere (...)
Patrick Zachmann The village of Xin Ju in Zhejiang province. Many of the Chinese immigrants living in France come from here. China. February 1991. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Eating dog, a very old tradition in some provinces, is said to warm the body. Soa Xu. China. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Phor Sae Yang, 12, a heroin addict since the age of 9, is in withdrawal after spending his first night at a detox center. Chiang Mai, Thailand. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Young member of a triad with his girlfriend. Hong Kong. 1988. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Illegal gambling. Taishung, Taiwan. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann China town. San Fransisco, USA. 1988. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Chinatown. San Fransisco, USA. 1988. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Benny Eng, right, known as "Uncle Seven", presumed Godfather of New York. Officially he is a financial consultant from the "Hip Sing Tong", one of the most powerful associations in the city. Standi (...)

Patrick Zachmann travels to Europe, the United States, China, Tahiti, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Macao. Accompanying Zachmann’s photographs is a narrative in which he describes in 48 pages his relationship with the elusive ‘W’, a Chinese citizen who was instrumental in helping him to understand the truth of each situation, interpreting, explaining, and guiding Zachmann, the ‘long nose’, through his world.

The book, layed out by Gerard Paris-Clavel, is a thoroughly engaging and powerful document of an unbelievably resilient culture.