Synopses & Reviews
Co-founder of the digital culture magazine Wired, Kevin Kelly leads a double life: cyber-culture editor and independent photographer. For the past thirty years, and completely independently of his work on Wired, he has been traveling the far reaches of Asia photographing the ins and outs of daily life. Kelly has the unique perspective of someone who lives in the digital fast lane and yet craves to experience and understand cultures far different from his own. In approximately 600 stunning, richly-colored images, with no text whatsoever, Kelly shares his vision of Asia from East to West, from Afghanistan to Japan. The scope of this book is so vast, flipping through the pages is like a journey, more akin to an epic film than a book. In Kelly's words: "My book is a wordless experience in remote Asia. The idea is that you open the book and fall into it. You become immersed in Asia."
Kellys work here...is marked by the complete absence of words just page after page of rich, stylish images taken in all corners of this vast continent.... The point is that you dont know exactly where youre looking, what youre seeing, and the result is that you end up on this crazy imaginative journey, with a head full of stories and possibilities. A really incredible book. WhatsOnUK, London
Published by Taschen (and therefore nicely put together) Asia Grace is a heavyweight hardback that contains hardly a single word nothing, in fact, other than the most minimal copyright and imprint information. For captions, readers must consult the website http://www.asiagrace.com.....The book definitely does work on one level. It is indeed consuming and provides an amazing portrait of the diverse cultures of Asia, but at the expense of obscuring the individuality of each. As such the book is very much an American view, based on the notion that a continent can be regarded as a single entity. That may be true of the 50 States, but Europe and Asia are more varied. Asia Grace is therefore of more interest for its approach than its content. British Journal of Photography, London