Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an

by Holly Gordon

In 1974, a farmer tilling his field unearthed an archaeological treasure hidden since 210 BC—a massive army of terracotta sculptures of soldiers, horses, and chariots created and buried to protect the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di in his afterlife. It is thought to have taken 720,000 workers thirty-eight years to construct what is estimated to be 8,000 carved terracotta soldiers. So far, almost 2,000 terracotta warriors, chariots, and horses have been found and restored. Photographer Holly Gordon traveled through China in 2008 to photograph the Yangtze landscape. Gordon’s photographs of the terracotta warriors of Xi’an give us a glimpse into an astounding tribute to a leader. Select the first image to play the slideshow. 

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Holly Gordon, a working photographer, has a fine arts background and holds her MA of Art Education from New York University. Exhibited widely in museums and galleries that include the American Museum of Natural History and Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea, Manhattan, her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Shutterbug Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, New York Newsday, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. Several museum-quality traveling exhibits include Antarctica Journey to the Extreme, Galapagos Face to Face, China Journey, Monet and Me, Holly Meets Hokusai, Ode/Owed to Kodak, and TULIPS. She is currently working on a career survey to be published in book form. Kodak showcased her film photography on its website for professionals. She lives in eastern Long Island, New York, but travels the earth, as the world is her studio. Visit www.hollygordonphotographer.com.



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