Browning's photos – compelling portraits of socialites, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists – slyly and skillfully display a new reality of present-day China.
The series named "Me and Me" is a project about knowing oneself in the relationship via shooting each other and self-portrait by a couple of photographers, Chen Wenjun and Jiang Yanmei. This week they took over Photography of China Instagram account and posted some of their works.
Feng Keli is the founder and the editor-in-chief of “Old Photos,” a Chinese-language series of publications that collects images of the country’s modern history. Since 1996, these publications showcased countless family portraits taken during the 19th and 20th centuries. They allow us to catch a glimpse of the everyday lives of Chinese people during the course of the country’s tumultuous recent history. Feng Keli recently wrote several articles about these publications for Sixth Tone, an online publication that produces informed and insightful content on contemporary China.
Spotted on: www.sixthtone.com
Watch the exclusive interview of the duo Ning Kai and Sabrina Scarpa.
Dutch artist Erwin Olaf captures the explosive power of Shanghai as part of a photographic trilogy. These works are exhibited until 07 June 2018 at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris.
In his series “Freezing Land”, Chen Ronghui travelled across northeastern China’s countryside, in which he mixed landscape photography with environmental portraits. “Freezing Land” is a story about about the shrinking cities in northeastern China and their lonely young people.
Date: 6-7 June 2018
Venue: Wellcome Trust Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London (United Kingdom)
John Thomson’s (1837-1921) large surviving archive has helped to secure his place in the canon of British photography. The Archive includes some 600 negatives at the Wellcome collection, as well as an extensive list of published works, surviving glass-plate negatives, cartes de visites, and album prints. Such an archive has generated interest in Thomson’s photographs as historical and cultural documents, an illustration of how the existing discourse on Thomson’s work remains tied to the perceived indexical values of his photographs.
This event is organised in conjunction with the 2018 exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS (13 Apri - 23 June 2018), Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872: China, Siam and Angkor. The key themes are the production, reproduction, circulation, exhibition, and the archival value of John Thomson’s work. As such, this study day will provide an opportunity to contextualise and stimulate new research questions around the materiality and visuality of photography. These discussions also have wider implications within the scholarship of photography across the fields of Art History, Anthropology, Visual and Material Cultures, History, Architecture and Dress History. Critically, the programme will endeavour to illuminate and problematise new debates on Thomson’s work.
Academics, curators and practitioners will present research and engage in discussion around four specific key themes: The Interrelation and Interaction of Making, Translating and Transforming Images into Objects, Reading and Reframing of Images - Issues of the Archive, and Constructing and Conceptualising East and Southeast Asia. As such, this Study Day will provide an opportunity to contextualise and stimulate new research questions around the materiality and visuality of photography. These discussions also have wider implications within the scholarship of photography across the fields of Art History, Anthropology, Visual and Material Cultures, History, Architecture and Dress History.
On this occasion, Photography of China’s founder Marine Cabos will present a paper entitled “From Physical to Digital: The Many Lives of Photographic Archives”, which will offer an investigation into a recently created database entitled “France-China Archive”. This platform inventories public and private repositories of photographs taken in China since the second half of the nineteenth century, which today are located in France.
More information: www.soas.ac.uk
The French self-taught photographers Sébastien Tixier & Raphaël Bourelly are currently showcasing their series “SHAN SHUI” at Le 247 in Paris (until 30 June 2018).