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China has almost one fifth of the world population, and with its focus on education and infrastructure, with the eradication of rural poverty, with booming cities and their architectural wonders, it is much more than a new economic presence in the world. There are huge numbers of people with high quality equipment and who have worked hard, nurtured by photographic societies, to achieve technical excellence. For very many, such skill is the goal, a sufficient outcome. Others go further, developing and sharing their sense of beauty. And some explore a wide range of other subtleties. China's vast pool of talent deserves attention, and www.chinalens.org exists to break through the language barriers and bring some of the best Chinese work to truly international audiences, and to encourage international exchanges. We feature photographers, galleries and events in China, changing on a seasonal basis.
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the state of the art in China
october–december 2019
Born in 1984 in Shandong province. Gao Rongguo graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2012, majoring in photography. His work has been exhibited internationally, at venues including Quai Branly Museum, CAFA Art Museum, Chongqing Art Museum, Today Art Museum, DongGang Museum of Photography, Sotheby's Gallery, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art,and Beijing Mingsheng Art Museum. In print or online it has appeared in Time, The Huffington Post, The DailyMail, Vanity Fair, La Repubblica, Esquire, Feature Shoot and Rheinische Post Online.
高荣国, Gao Rongguo

http://www.gaorongguo.com

identical twins different outcomes
熊天翼, Xiong Tianyi
the observer and the observed
陈周波,Chen Zhoubo
Chen Zhoubo is based on the Guangdong coast. where he is able to make a study of the fishing community working from the beaches.
photographers
feature, january 2020 The joy of colour
Traditional Chinese culture is not timid about colour. So it is not surprising that Chinese photographers seek and play with colour. Here is the work of three photographers, sharing the joy of colour.
China is the world's largest island, separated from others not only by ocean but by mountain ranges, by the Taklamakan sands and vast forests of Siberia. It's true that many of its creations seeped westward to provide the foundations of the European renaissance – most notably movable type, and the paper to go with it, gunpowder, the compass – but much of its ancient tradition stayed at home. So it is with Chinese Opera, variously called Beijing Opera, Sichuan Opera, Guangdong Opera ... To 'foreigners', like this writer, the sound and the performance are quite alien at first, but not only are the special vocal techniques a result of intensive training but the measured expressions of emotion strike deeply into the heart of listeners, observers, who care enough to take due notice. 王鹏,Wang Peng

Big party

 

Using drones, and with deep local knowledge gained from work in the County Archive, Gu creates a gloriiusly colourful 'sense of place' in Ninghai County, Zhejiang Province,

 

 

Gu Guanghui

Old town festival

 

Between green and blue:

On July 14, 2018, a high speeding train passes a bridge in Meilin Street, Ninghai County, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China.

Zhang Qiang

 

Zhang is a professional wildlife photographer、having won the LUMIX AWARD 2019, Nature’s Best Photography Asia. He creates work for the Xinhua News Agency, r NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (Chinese Version),  Wild China, and Ambassador for the Lancang River National Park.

 

Working and walking with heavy equipment, alone in isolated and sometimes dangerous places, he is acting to protect China's wildlife.

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Original photography by Wang Fuchun

Wang Fuchun, Chinese on the Train

Born in 1943, Wang Fuchun took to China’s vast railway system in the 1970s. With great affection and humour, he produced images of his countryfolk over a forty year period, during the peak of the country’s continuing economic boom.

 

World Bank figures show the transformation, from 88% of people living in poverty in 1981, to 0.7% in 2015. China’s middle class is the largest in the world, and has money to spend, including often on expensive cameras and on travel.

Wang Fuchun is one of the record-keepers of what is surely one of the greatest social changes in human history. His choice of the railway system was apt. Air travel in the 1970s was limited, and the growth there has certainly reflected China’s general change. But the railway system has offered greater continuity. It was packed with people in 1980, and today it still provides almost 2.5 billion journeys each year, now in much greater comfort and often using the world’s largest network of high speed 'bullet' trains.

Wang followed a tradition that is familiar in the West, of recording change such as of child labour in the USA in the 1890s or life in London slums 70 years ago. However, his images offer no pleas for compassion or manifesto for social change. They do not seek out suffering, and often they seem posed, to present happy lovers or relaxed business people. They are still cheerful, optimistic, and his intentions indeed seem based on a love of people. Not The People, just people, both as photographic subjects, and as themselves.

feature, december 2019
events SEE+ Gallery, Beijing The academic committee of see+ gallery comprises famous image critics and curators who are responsible for recommending and planning exhibitions, and for inviting experts for lectures and seminars. www.seegallery.net
The Yuezhong Museum of Historical Images, Shenzhen A museum, rather than a gallery, displaying images of China and other East Asian countries, some dating back to the nineteenth century In general, the museum does not hold originals. However, the collection is an important one, and of interest both to historians and to photographers, not least as inspiration for documentary work. www.yzmohi.org
Since its founding in 2006, Inter Art Centre has used its large space of more than 1000 square meters to collect, conserve and exhibit classic photography, and to present contemporary art, including experimental and new media work. The Centre is also home to the Pixel Magazine Publishing House, the Pixel Bookstore, and a cafe. With its own design and publishing studio the Centre has published a range of books as well as the Magazine, which is China’s only high-quality photography quarterly. There have been many collaborations with leading Chinese and foreign photographers, and partnerships with events including Pingyao International Photography Festival, Lianzhou Foto, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Colourful Guizhou, Dali International Photography Exhibition, Lishui Photography Festival, and others. Inter Art Center has established co-operative relations with bodies including the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie and George Eastman Museum. To support the development of Chinese ethnic minority photography and a pluralist approach to Chinese native culture, the Center founded the ‘Country Road: Chinese Ethnic Minority Photography Prize’ in 2015, and the 'Inter Art Centre New Documentaries Prize’ in 2017. These programs encourage lens-based artists concerned with social change and minority groups and offer opportunity to creatively expand the boundaries of documentary photography. In 2019 the Centre established a lively trading platform – Inter Photo. www.interartcenter.com
Inter Art Center, 798 Art Zone, Beijing
galleries
Since June 2007, Three Shadows has become a leading platform for the presentation, promotion, discovery and international exchange of high-quality photography. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is comprised of two spaces, north and south: one is situated in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District, while the other is located in Xinlinwan, Jimei District in the city of Xiamen in southern China. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre was China’s first independent organization specializing in contemporary art photography. It was jointly founded by the influential Chinese contemporary photographer RongRong and his wife, the celebrated Japanese photographer, inri. The Beijing location includes 4600 square meters of space and 2500 square meters of landscape architecture designed by Ai Weiwei. The Xiamen location includes more than 3600 square meters of space and was designed by Liu Na of the firm LARGEarchitects. Aside from its exhibition spaces, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre also includes image production facilities, a vast library (Xiamen location), an educational program, book stores, and cafes. The Three Shadows Association exists to support and jointly discuss the development of Chinese contemporary photography, establishing an internationalized system and status. www.threeshadows.cn
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing and Xiamen
WE Gallery, Shenzhen www.we-gallery.com
AYE Gallery, Beijing Exhibitions of photography and other visual art from around the world Dongbinghe Road, Andingmen, Dongchang District, Beijing www.ayegallery.com
Pan-View Gallery, Zhangzhou, Henan Province Set up in 2005, Situated in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, Pan-View Gallery is the only photography art gallery in central China. As a professional institute exclusively providing services for image exhibition, collection and exchanges, with the aim of disseminating photographic culture, Pan-View Gallery offers a platform for photographers to demonstrate talents and artworks. It also emphasizes international exchanges of photography through presenting local image culture and spreading the influence of world-famous classical photo artworks in order to foster a mature photographic market in China. www.pan-view.com
Shanghai Center of Photography, SCoP, was founded in 2015 by Mr Liu Heung Shing, as a showcase of international and Chinese creativity, across the range from journalism and documentary work, social history, fashion to art photography. In tandem with its curated exhibitions, SCoP offers edicational programs including workshops, lectures, and publications. Liu Heung Shing is a photojournalist, and Pullitzer Prize winner for work in 1992 for Spot News on the collapse of the Soviet Union. Born in Hong Kong in 1951, Liu apprenticed as Life Magazine in the 1970s, where he was inspired by the legendary team of Life photographers including Gjon Mili. In 1977, he moved to Beijing where he became chief photographer for Time Magazine and the AP, and has edited a number of books on Chinese photography. With publishers such as Taschen, Viking and Penguin, he offers an authoritative voice on on photography in China, with books such as China, Portrait of a Country (Taschen, 2008); Shanghai, A History in Photographs, 1842 to Today (English version, Penguin Viking, 2010), and China in Revolution, The Road to 1911 (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). Volumes of his own work include USSR, Collapse of an Empire (Associated Press, 1993) and China After Mao (Penguin, 1983), in response to which Newsweek Magazine called him 'The Cartier-Bresson of China'. http://en.scop.org.cn
SCÔP, Shanghai
Pingyao International Photography Festival Taking place in the old walled city of Pingyao, Shanxi Province (nearest major city, Taiyuan), each year in September, this is one of China's prominent festivals dedicated to photography and videography.
Photo Beijing The 2019 event took place at 11 venues across Beijing, with the core program of 57 exhibitions in the period from 10th to 27th October, but with some of these continuing into November
events and temporary exhibitions
Lishui, Zhejiang Province Now in its third year of operation. In 2019 , November 8th to 12th, work from sixteen countries is on display . www.lishuiphoto.org
Lianzhou International Photography Festival Situated on the Huangchuan River in the north of Guangdong province, Lianzhou is a small city (by Chinese standards) of about half a million people. It has hosted the Festival since 2007, as well as Lianzhou Museum of Photography. The event takes advantage of the mild southern winter, and this year runs between November 29th and January 3rd.
www.lianzhoufoto.com
Photofairs Shanghai September 18th -20th, 2020 Demonstrating the importance of photography in China, culturally and also commercially, the next Shanghai Photofair will take place at the huge Shanghai Exhibition Center. www.photofairs.org/shangha
World System Photo, First International Exhibition, 2019 Chinese photographers have been highly successful in winning not merely acceptance but Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for this exhibtion program approved by the Photographic Society of America. Gold medal winners include Hu Yizhi, Pan Banghua, An Xiping, Huang Deying, and Xin Wanshan. For exhibition details see: www.wspexhibition.com
IPA, The International Photography Association, based in Guangzhou With about 300,000 member and provincial branches across China, IPA is very active is arranging events for members, including travel within China and abroad, including, recently, to New Zealand and Nepal. www.ipa001.com/ipa/E_index
organisations

1998

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Original photography by Wang Fuchun

Mr.Qiang Zhang - Wildlife Photographer、《take care》won LUMIX AWARD 2019 Nature’s Best Photography Asia、 Contracted Photographer for the Xinhua News Agency、 Collaborative Photographer for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHLC (Chinese Version)、 Photographer for Wild China、 Collaborative Photographer for 《National Geographic Learning》、 Member of Images Copyright Society of China、 The Ambassador of Promotion for Lancang River National Park As a photographer, I focused on the survival of wildlife and took a lot of wonderful pictures in nature reserves in China. I hoped that through the images, people would pay attention to the protection of ecological nature and wildlife. More than love and pain, action is more meaningful. Wildlife photographers are often in danger; I devote most of my time to wildlife photography; I can't stop my work, even though dangerous and lonely waiting are always faced. Because there are so many wild animals facing different fates, because there are many people around us who don't understand these lovely wild animals and don't know how to love them. Whenever pursuing and waiting in the wild with heavy equipment, I told my self: because of  love, I must stick to the end. Let more people see wildlife through lens, let more people connect with nature through images. All this makes sense.

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