Cultural exchange via photography at Alhambra's China Press

Alhambra will be the site of an international cultural exchange initiative this weekend. China Press, a Beijing-affiliated newspaper whose U.S. headquarters is on Mission Road, will host the fourth annual Los Yin Menghzhen - LifeAngeles Chinese Photographic Festival. The event will kick off with a joint exhibit of some leading Chinese and American photographers. At last year's event, Chinese Consul-General Qiu Shao Fang expressed his hope for this event to "encourage cultural exchange and increase international friendship." The festival's founder Wenshi Jin shared what new trends to look for in Chinese photography this year and why exchange is important.

Can you tell me about the history of the Los Angeles Chinese Photographic Festival?

I am a photography fanatic and have been in LA for over 15 years. The idea was conceived in 2008, the 170th anniversary of the birth of photography. I thought maybe we could find out a method to celebrate — I wanted to build a platform where photographers in LA can discuss and communicate with each other.

Wu Pinhe - Fighting GoatsWhy did you decide to bring together Chinese and American photographers?

We used to have exhibitions of American photographers in China and Chinese photographers in America, but we didn't have joint exhibitions of both of them. And there was not platform where they can gather together and exchange their thoughts about photography. Since we have so many Chinese and American photography lovers and experts in LA, it would be perfect to have them together.

And did you notice anything in particular about differing sensibilities?

Chinese photographers focus more on the tradition and culture of some area. They tend to focus on the uniqueness of a local culture or a person who can illustrate the feature of some area. American photographers focus on personality of ordinary persons and creativity. In the form of photography, Americans are more daring in the way of expression. You can easily tell American photographs apart from the Chinese ones when you come to the exhibition.

Time Goes BackwardsAny new developments in Chinese photography that you are showcasing?

Yes. You can see some photos with post production by the computer, which was very rare in Chinese photography before. Chinese photographers use it to combine the traditional Chinese culture with the modern society, as you can see in the picture , it is a combination of terra-cotta and the modern world.

Could you tell us about some of the photographers who are there? Any particularly significant works?

Photo by Pinhe WuWe have famous photographers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut, who is a photographer for Associated Press, with his famous photo Terrified, and prestigious photographer Pinhe Wu. Both of them will attend the seminar in the morning of March 3. We also have Wenlan Wang, who is famous for his bicycle series of photos, and LA Times photographer Gary Friedman. All photos are award-winning works either from China or the US.

Interview was edited and condensced.

Schedule:

Event

Time

Venue

Introduction

Opening Ceremony & The Joint Photography Exhibition of Chinese and American Photographers

10am-4pm

March 3-7

The China Press

1st FloorExhibition Hall

Selected works from all the participating photographers, including works by famous photographers, Wenlan Wang, Qingfu Jian, Pinghe Wu and Nick Ut.

Film Screening: A Celebration Exhibition of Master Qingfu Jian’s 90th Birthday

10am-4pm

March 3

The China Press

1st FloorExhibition Hall

Qingfu Jian is a prominent Chinese photographer. His masterpiece The Melody of Water Wave was awarded the Golden Prize by the Photographic Society of Hong Kong in 1954, being the first Chinese who won the award.

Selected Exhibition of Lishui International Photography Cultural Festival

10am-4pm

March 4

Pacific Asia Museum

A Selected Exhibition recommend by Lishui Photographer Association. Lishui is a city in the East of China. It is famous for being the hometown of a number of well-known photographers and their photos painting the natural beauty of farms and mountains.

Film Screening: Master Long Chin-San’s Photographic Achievements

10am-4pm

March 11

The China Press

1st FloorExhibition Hall

Long Chin-San was the most prestigious Chinese photographer in the 20th century. He made profound influence on Chinese photography throughout his life, especially in composite painting photography.

Selected Exhibition of Shanghai International “Long Chin-San Photography Award” Photo Contest & Closing Ceremony

10am-4pm

March 11

The China Press

1st FloorExhibition Hall

A Selected Exhibition recommended by the organizing committee of 2011 Shanghai International “Long Chin-San Photography Award” Contest

The Most Beautiful Places in China—From A Perspective of A Photographer

10am-4pm

March 11

The China Press

2nd FloorExhibition Hall

Held by Hong Kong China Tourism Press, on photography in China and Chinese tourism.

Asia Pacific Museum

46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

The China Press

2121 W Mission Rd, Alhambra ,CA91803

 

3 thoughts on “Cultural exchange via photography at Alhambra's China Press”

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  2. I find cultural differences interesting and look forward to the contest.
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  3. Los Angeles Event Photographers

    Wonderful post. A picture is worth than thousands words. Photography is indeed the best way to express your feelings and depicts the era. I love photography and look over the web for finding useful stuff for the same. I came across your blog and after subscribing in my feeder I hope you will keep on the good posts like this continuously. Thanks You

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