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International Symposium: Photography and China

September 22, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 5:45 pm

Wang Wusheng, Huangshan A104, 1984. Inkjet print, 24 x 40 3/8 inches

Saturday, September 22, 9:15 AM – 5:45 PM
FULL-DAY: Members $35 / Non-members $45 / Students $15 /Free to FOTG members
HALF-DAY: Members $20 / Non-members $25 / Students $8 / Free to FOTG members
Ticket includes admission to Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens

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Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Photography was introduced to China during the mid-nineteenth century as a brand new technology. In less than two hundred years, it has become one of the most popular daily practices and a prominent medium of artistic expression in the country, changing the ways in which Chinese people observe, record, and share the world around them. Although it is a newer creative practice, unique, long-standing Chinese traditions and aesthetics continue to shape the trends of photography in China.

This one-day symposium features leading scholars, industry experts, photography collectors, and artists from both the U.S. and China. Topics vary from Chinese traditional aesthetics and nineteenth century Chinese photography to contemporary masters and cutting-edge photographers. There is also a special focus on the development of silver gelatin printing in relation to its use in landscape photography.

The Photography and China symposium is presented in conjunction with China Institute Gallery’s current exhibition Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens. The morning session is dedicated to the memory of Wang Wusheng, a master photographer best known for his black-and-white landscape photography of Mount Huang.

Morning session:
9:15 AM Registration and coffee/breakfast
9:45 AM Opening remarks by Willow Weilan Hai, Gallery Director
10:00 AM Moderator, guest curator Jerome Silbergeld

10:15 AM Joseph Chang, independent scholar, former Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the
Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, My Journey to the Yellow Mountains and Beyond

10:45 AM Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at George Washington University, The Place of Wang Wusheng in World Art

11:15 AM Xia Zhongyi, Professor of Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, Photographic Aesthetics of Wang Wusheng’s “Black Cloudy Mountain”

12:15 AM Wrap up and questions
12:30 – 2:00 PM LUNCH
Afternoon session: Photography in China
2:00 PM Afternoon moderator Guest Curator Jiang Rong is introduced. Speakers including:
2:15 PM Stanley B. Burns, MD, founder of the Burns Archive, Capturing China: A History of Photography 1860–1940
2:45 PM Jim Megargee, silver gelatin printer, The Silver Print in the Digital Age (TBD)
3:15 PM Mia Yinxing Liu, Assistant Professor at Bates College, On Fragments: Topography, Location, and Iconography in Landscape Photography of Lang Jingshan
3:45 PM Vicki Goldberg, independent curator and critic, The history of landscape photography in the East and West
4:15 PM Break
4:30 – 5:30 PM Artist Panel Discussion: Photography and Chinese Landscape

Moderated by Jiang Rong, guest curator of exhibition and photographer

Lois Conner, American photographer, Along the Yangtze River

Jiaxuan Jim Zhang, Chinese photographer featured in Art of the Mountain exhibition

Yang Yongliang, Chinese photographer featured in Art of the Mountain exhibition

Robert Pledge, co-founder of Contact Press Images, Photography in China Today: For All But with Limitations

5:30 PM Wrap-up and questions
5:45 – 6:30 PM Reception

For questions, please contact [email protected]


September 22, 2018
9:15 am - 5:45 pm
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