A Journey In Reverse Direction | Zhu Lanqing | Handmade Photography Book

 

As to Zhu Langqing’s work it was for me personally not only a well-balanced reflection on her hometown on how to use several expression forms of photography. While being a reflection on the past and the present it avoided self-centered sentimentalism and came across as a general statement of what photography can mean to all of us when we use it as a reflection on change in our visual environment. That this was a Chinese environment is at the same time essential because of her being Chinese and accidental as such relationships to home environments are general experiences.

—— Canida Hofer (Photographer, The Judge of 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award)

Just like most Chinese students, as soon as she finished high school, Zhu Lanqing left her hometown and started a new life journey somewhere away. During her days of studying and living in Beijing, hometown had become pieces of photos in her heart. Her thinking about hometown had made her know about Dongshan Island much better. Years later, she started to use camera to record the hometown she’s been thinking about day and night.

Book of Hometown is a hand-made book Zhu made in the past two years. Most photos in this books were shot in Ju’s hometown Dongshan Island, which is an unspoiled natural island located in the South West of Xiamen Island in Fujian Province.  Having a pile of random photos, Zhu still is not sure if her hometown has a definite connection with her. At last, she finished the editing and producing of the book in Taipei and started this hometown book in the order of ‘Eight Feet Gate’, ‘home’, ‘food, land and god’ and ‘sea’.

‘Unstoppable urban development let people get amnesia, because they often forget what used to exist here before. I can only catch up with its pace, with the camera to ‘fight’ the changes in my hometown.

As the beginning of the book, I was dressed in clothes from grandparents, which was found in their room. The effect seems to be a mutual process between my hometown and myself. What I have seen is what it wishes I could see. Shooting hometown seems like a journey in the reverse direction, leading to the dark memories and our original heart.’

Having graduated from Photojournalism course in the People’s University of China, Zhu is now doing Visual transformation in Institute of Practical Fine Art of Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University. Book of ? X ? was once nominated for Best Photographic Book awarded by French magazine Photo-Eyes in 2012 and once again, Ju has been selected as the winner of 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award.

 

A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing

 

A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing


A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing
A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing

To see more of Zhu’s work, please check:

 

 http://julanching.com/

 

 

Going Home | Muge | Jia Za Zhi Press

Going Home by Jiazazhi Press
  • Title: Going Home
  • Photographer: Muge
  • Date of publication: December 2013
  • Dimensions: 57 B&W plates
  •                      255mm x 276mm x 19mm
  •                      Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket
  • Designer: Lina Liu, Yanyou Di Yuan
  • Editors: Yanyou Di Yuan, Zhu Mo, Muge
  • Publisher: Jia Za Zhi Press
  • Edition: 600
  • ISBN: 978-988-12631-2-4
  • Price: USD 55 / RMB 260
  • Website: www.jiazazhi.com/books/going-home/
  • Donated by: Jia Za Zhi Press

Two years ago while I was planning to contribute an article for Art Bank, which introduce Chinese photographers who took their hometown as the theme. Through a friend’s recommendation, I started to get to know about Muge’s set of work called ‘Going Home’. The photographic language his work gives out deeply touched me. In 2014, Going home was published by JiaZazhi Press and came back into the sight of the audience. Going Home is Muge’s photographic work from his route home, also around the cities and villages near Three Gorges Dam. In this piece of work, everyone, including a single woman, a single man, couples even an object, has a quiet but enormous power.

Muge was born and raised in Chongqing, China and now he lives and works in Chengdu. He graduated from Sichuan Normal University with a degree in Broadcasting and Television Directing, and been working as photographer, photo editor and lecturer after graduation.

Muge’s work titled Going Home is perhaps the most autobiographical series. Muge has an unique point of view. Unlike the hundreds of western photographers who have tried to represent the region, Muge drifts through the city and countryside mapping people and place, he can relate directly to the dislocated people of the Three Gorges region along the banks of the Yangtze River, because it is where he has spent all his life. Chinese people respond differently to a westerner with a camera but Muge can pass unnoticed or at least his presence does not cause a local reaction. He is able to look people in the eye on literally level terms, in so many ways he is part of the people he represents.

– Louise Clements, Art Director of FORMAT Photography Festival

 

 

Going Home | Photography by Muge
Going Home | Photography by Muge

Jiazazhi press (JZZP), is a small publisher based in Beijing, devoting to publishing / distributing books of small edition for Chinese photographers and artists.

Muge: http://mugephoto.com/

Jiazazhi: http://www.jiazazhi.com/

Chinese Photographic Galleries | Beijing

 

1) 798 Photo Gallery百年印象

 

The first art gallery dedicated to photography in China was established in April 2003. It is located in Da Shan Zi Art District at #4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Its unique design is based on the original structure of the Bauhaus styled factory aided by East Germany. The gallery aims to discover and collect fine photography works, and provides a platform for cultural and commercial exchange in order to help photographers. 

 The gallery holds various exhibitions non-periodicallyfeaturing both classical and contemporary photography art works. The  printing and framing qualities of these photographs were made to strict international archival standard. They have been approved and collected by many international collectors.

798 Photo Gallery


2) Inter Art Center / Gallery艺术中心 /映画廊

 Established by Jin Ping and Na Risong in 2006, the Inter Art Centre is the most authoritative photo collecting organization in China. Since its founding, the Inter Art Centre has been devoted to collecting, conserving and exhibiting classic photography, also presenting contemporary arts, new media and experimental arts.

 With an accessible area of 1000 square meters, the Inter Art Centre is formed by the Inter Gallery, “Pixel” Publishing & Editing House, Pixel Book Bar, Café Lounge and Inter Print Studio. Inter Gallery is the point of presentation, exhibition and promotion. It’s the agent of a number of the most important Chinese Artists and responsible for popularizing and promoting relative art works. 


 Pixel Book Bar handles a wide selection of books and albums. The contemporary art books and photography collections are two main categories. It also organizes book launch party, lecture, seminar, film screening and other public events. The café lounge provides first-class beverage and cookies. It specifically serves renowned Puer tea from Yunnan Province, black teas and coffee. 
Inter Print Studio has professional Epson printer, other inkjet equipments and fine art papers, which earned high reputation in circles for good skill and service.

 

Intergallery, Beijing

 

3) Timeless Gallery 泰吉轩画廊

 Timeless-Gallery was founded in August, 2009 and they specialise in photographic art collections. ‘Classic photography, art collecting’ is their business concepts. Timeless-Gallery offers top international photographers’ classic works to Chinese photographic art collectors. It changes the empty Chinese photographic collecting market, and at the same time helps Chinese photographic collecting become more international. 

 Timeless Gallery has exhibited the work of Eugène Atget, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston Families, Imogen Cunningham, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ruth Bernhard, Michiko Kon, Michael Kenna, Barbara Morgan and etc.

 

 

Timeless Gallery, Beijing

 

 

4) Three Shadow +3 Gallery  三影堂+3画廊

 Three Shadow +3 Gallery, a new independent art space founded by Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Caochangdi, first seeks to act as a channel for promoting Chinese Photography, past and present, and keeping its doors open to the future of the medium. It aims to provide a professional model for promoting and guiding China’s homegrown artists, and offer opportunities to the public to better understand and recognize the excellent photography produced in China. To this end, +3 gallery aims to foster the further development of informed collecting photography in China.

 While its main focus is on Chinese contemporary photography, Three Shadow +3 gallery is also committed to showcasing outstanding photography from abroad. Through collaborations with international art spaces and fairs, Three Shadow +3 gallery is working towards expanding the audience for these photographs at home, while also increasing Chinese photography’s exposure in other regions of the world.

  • Email: info@plus3gallery.com
  • Address: 155A Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Website: www.plus3gallery.com/

 

Three Shadow +3 Gallery


5) See+ Gallery

See+ gallery is a space to show photography works, the academic committee makes up of famous image critics and curators, takes charge of recommending and planning great photographers’ exhibition. As a professional agency and marketing mechanism,see+ gallery is dedicated to be a platform for fine arts .

With the international first-class curators and critics resources, see+ gallery often invites experts to do lectures and seminar. Good academic background provides assurance both for exhibition and sale.

The gallery is in 798, the famous art zone in Beijing. There are two big exhibition rooms, one VIP selected exhibition room and a small shop, selling relevant art products and catalogues, more than three hundred square meters.

  • Address: B10, 797 Road, 798 Art Space
  • No.2 Jiuxianqiao Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing 
  • Website: www.seegallery.net/
See + Gallery

Menstrual |CAO

Menstrual, Photography by CAO

Originally from Wuhan, CAO is a young photographer who is currently living and working in Beijing, China. ‘Addicted to the beauty of women and expecting the moment to be frozen into forever’ has always been his photography practice. Menstrual is a project Cao started in 2011 where he entered girls’ private life in a very special way, but the whole process of all those ‘entering’ has become the content of the complete set of work. As one of the practitioner in personal photography, having exposing his absolute private life to public, Cao’s work is a challenge for personal photography.

Influenced by the work of photographers such as Nobuyoshi Arak, Wolfgang Tillmans, Terry Richardson and many others, a genre of ‘personal photography’ first emerged in Guangzhou in the beginning of 2000 and spread across Mainland China. These young photographers like No.223 from Guangzhou, Ren Hang from Beijing, Ka Xiaoxi from Shanghai and Cao from Wuhan, use cameras to record their private life of living and traveling, to challenge the limits of the audience with nude and pornographic photos.

Days ago, ‘Masturbation’ shot by Cao has been nominated for The First Three Shadows Experimental Image Open Exhibition. He uses long exposure to record the whole process of women masturbating.

“The reason why this project called Menstrual is because I took one girl every month at the beginning. The number of girl I shoot increased in 2012. Menstrual turned from a photography project from a lifestyle since every month I did not only focus on one girl anymore.

I don’t consider what I took is girl’s naked body. These girls just have beautiful nude to show. I do not think my pictures are private photographs either since they had been opened to public already. When I adored these bodies, I erected and pressed down my shutter. I was so easy to fall in love with my models, which leads this project because torturous menstruation for me.“

Menstrual, Photography by Cao
Menstrual, Photography by CAO

To see more of CAO’s work

http://9mouth.lofter.com/

http://9mouth.com/MENSTRUAL