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These beguiling panoramic photos were taken during a 1988 sojourn in China by Swiss-born Chicagoan Francois Robert. Dennis Adrian has said of Robert's candid photography that it "is removed from the kind of photography which manipulates its materials and technical possibilities in order to present new visual realities stemming only from the medium. Robert's technique [is that of] the exacting documentary photographer who presents umcompromisingly the clear appearance of the subject." The pictures and others in "Francois Robert: China," an exhibit presented by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs, are on display in the east gallery of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, through January 27. Admission is free and viewing hours are 9 to 7 Monday through Thursday, 9 to 6 Friday, and 9 to 5 Saturday (closed Sunday). More information is available at 346-3278.

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