The Power of the Image project Launches in China
Exhibition and Seminars Feature 20 of the World’s Most Influential International Professional Photographers
Beijing, China – April 7, 2014 – On April 25, Beijing’s Temple of Heaven will become the site of one of the most memorable exhibitions of its kind – The Power of the Image. The exhibition will feature more than 200 works by 20 internationally-renowned professional photographers, including Pep Bonet, Michael Crouser, Lauren Greenfield, Peter Guttman, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Nadav Kander, Frederic LaGrange, Yann Layma, Roman Loranc, Gerd Ludwig, Steve McCurry, Eric Meola, Sylvia Plachy, John Sexton, Matthew Jordan Smith, Eddie Soloway, Art Streiber, Joyce Tenneson, Art Wolfe and Qin Yuhai.
Organized and developed by the Beijing Fuhai Culture Company, Kodak Alaris and supported by the Tencent Website, the “Power of the Image” is hosted by the China Public Relation Association, George Eastman House, and the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks, Beijing Association of Parks. The multi-faceted program includes the exhibition at the Temple of Heaven from April 25 to May 31 and a host of events, seminars and panel discussions on April 26 – 28, including the April 25 opening and awards ceremony; exhibition of the Life Story of George Eastman; the exhibition “Photography Changed the World”, featuring photographs from the world renowned photography collection at George Eastman House; dialogues with “Power of The Image Award” photographers; and the Workshop of Photographic Preservation and Digital Processing.
“It is a great honor for me to hold this international photographic activity,” said Mr. Cao Jian, chairman of the Beijing Fuhai Culture Company. “As a Chinese who has had the benefit of being involved in the imaging industry for 20 years, I hope to help expose more people to the power of photography as captured by this extraordinary group of professional photography legends and the importance of their images. The birth of photography had a revolutionary effect on the development of world civilization. The unique aspect of photography lies in capturing a glimpse of the real world we live in and recording the truths of that reality. It is my hope that by joining with George Eastman House, Kodak Alaris and the esteemed photographers in the “Power of the Image” project, we will help develop a deeper understanding about photography and photographers who are part of the project.”
Bruce Barnes, director of George Eastman House, said, “We hope to have a continuing partnership with China during this time of tremendous change in the photographic industry. Through traveling exhibitions and international programs, we o fulfill the mission of our museum, which is in part to promote access to and understanding of photography throughout the world. We aim to recognize contemporary artists through exhibitions, awards, and exchanges, and this partnership offers a platform for cultural organizations, photographers, and the public to share the power of photography.”
Images have been used to record and inspire human development; they will continue to have a far-reaching effect on the past, present and future. The award-winning images in the Power of the Image reinforce world peace, the advancement of human civilization, the protection of our environment, and uniquely highlight photography as a way of expression.
The official website of the “Power of the Image” international photographic program was launched March 28 and includes information about the “Power of the Image” agendas, exhibitions, photographers and their photographic works in both Chinese and English. As a media partner of the international photographic activity, Tencent also launched a special edition, featuring a full photographic activity report under its photo channel.
Michael Rainwater just got back from China with Art. His reflections:
Over thirteen days, we travelled to some of the most spectacular scenery in southeastern China – from the Yellow Mountains (Huang Shan) to the rice terraces of Yuan Yang to the Li River, near Guilin. We all came back with images that we are very happy with. I, for one, am ready to go back again, especially to the Yellow Mountains. Though we were able to catch glimpses of rural life in the hill tribe communities, it is obvious that China is changing and modernizing much faster than any of us expected. The time is approaching when it will be difficult to find the “old” China at all. This has been a wonderful experience that was greatly enriched by the instruction and guidance we received from both Art and Jay. These guys are masters.
The weather for last two days of our China workshop were a bit dreary, but the subdued light always makes for saturated color. We finally got the mist in Guilin that we had hoped for earlier in the trip in Huanshan. The precipitous karst mountains are at their moody best wreathed in fog and the spring greens of the bamboo are fully evident. We also revisited the marvelous fishermen who still fish with trained cormorants on the Li River.
For the last 11 days I have been conducting a travel workshop in the heart of China to some of my favorite locations. While the large landscapes have been spectacular, I have been trying to open up my participants to a new way of seeing–looking for the unexpected. The following photos show some of my best images from the past few days, among these include, mud spattered cars that recall the paintings of Jackson Pollock, various wall details that highlight the residue of previous signage, and finally, the bittersweet encounter with a group of trained macaques.
The weather has been beautiful in Huang Shan, but not conducive to good photography. Without good light, there is a whole lot of nothing going on. In spite of this and the huge volume of tourists that now come here, these mountains remain spectacular. We are heading off to the rice paddies south of Kunming & hoping for better shooting conditions.
Welcome to another international travel workshop, this time friend and fellow photographer Jay Goodrich is accompanying me to China. For the next 14 days we will be traveling through some of the most industrialized parts of China as well as the most rural. We will get to experience multiple cultures and multiple disciplines of photography. Never wanting to waste any time while traveling abroad, Jay and I decided to head out into Shanghai yesterday to look for unique and interesting compositions throughout the city. Here is what we found. The key here is that by trying to push your creativity beyond the standard vision of just recording what you see, you can walk away highlighting a different perspective of the world for your viewer.
India–Each trip to India is unforgettable. It is a location that endlessly provides an exotic and colorful backdrop to improving your eye and photographic skills guided by master photographer Art Wolfe. Art Wolfe shares one of his favorite wildlife experiences, tracking wild Bengal tigers. This tour is limited to eleven participants!
Dates : January 24-February 4, 2011 Price : $8500.00
Japan–The image many of us have of Japan is congested and kinetic. But, Japan has a wild side. Beyond its crowded cities, the country delivers quiet unexpected natural beauty. Join this photographic pilgrimage to the iconic red-crested cranes in the north, the macque snow monkeys in the south, and the sacred temples of Mt. Fuli and Kyosan.
Dates : February 9 – 21, 2011 Price : $9600.00
Bhutan–Led by Gavriel Jecan. Bhutan has survived in isolation for a thousand years. Gavriel Jecan finds a photographer’s nirvana of mountainside monasteries, sacred festivals, chanting monks and local lifestyle in an environmentally and spiritually progressive nation. Travel with Gavriel to some of his favorite spots. This course is limited to ten participants!
Dates : March 14 – 24, 2011 Price : $5120.00
Composing Effective Images 2–Their first workshop slated for January filled so quickly that they have added a second in March. Art Wolfe and Jay Goodrich will be leading a two-day intensive workshop in Seattle, which includes a cocktail reception at Art’s private residence. This workshop will highlight not only the how-to, but will also include a full-day of critiquing participants images in Lightroom 3. Visit the Art Wolfe Workshops website for all of the details.
Dates : March 4-6, 2011 Price : $350.00
China–Travel with world renowned photographer Art Wolfe on this exciting and productive photo expedition into China that will yield a treasure-trove of incredible images. Visit Art’s favorite places in China from Huangshan Mountain to Yuangang villages, cormorant fisherman and the picturesque Yulong River.
Dates : Mar 25-April 7, 2011 Price : $8200.00
The Olympic Peninsula–The Art Wolfe classic we will be taking participants in and around Olympic National Park just outside of Port Angels, Washington. Midday lectures will highlight techniques that will be reinforced during field excursions geared to capture the best light.
Dates : April 21-24, 2011 Price : $1500.00–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Zion National Park–Join Art, Jay Goodrich, and Gavriel Jecan as they lead a small (14 person) group of photographers into the canyons and striated rock formations of this wonderful desert environment. Midday lectures will highlight techniques that will be reinforced during field excursions geared to capture the best light.
Dates : April 28-May1, 2011 Price : $1900.00–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Vietnam–Led by Gavriel Jecan. From the Chinese border to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam possesses an unmatched variety of tropical scenery. Travel with Gavriel Jecan on this exciting and productive photo expedition into the ancient heart of Indochina that will yield a treasure-trove of incredible images.This course is limited to ten participants!
Dates : June 3 – 13, 2011 Price : $3930.00
Monterey, California–Big Sur and the Monterey Coast are one of the most unique photographic environments along the Pacific boundary of the United States.
Dates : June 10-12, 2011 Price : TBA–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Lake Clark National Park, Alaska–Join Art and Jay Goodrich as they lead a small group of photographers to a private lodge in search of Alaskan Brown bears and sea birds. Participants will be flown in via float plane and enjoy wonderfully crafted cuisine overlooking the coast of the Cook Inlet.
Dates : Late July, 2011 Price : $4500.00–Details will be up soon on the Art Wolfe Workshops Website call our office to reserve your spot today!
Egypt–Led by Emily Wilson and John Greengo. Exploring Egypt is like visiting a living open-air museum. Each day, ancient treasures and new adventures unfold before your eyes! Our itinerary includes pyramids, tombs, and museums. From Cairo to Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel & desert oasis destinations, plus a Nile Cruise. We will show you the depths of historic cultures.
Dates : September – October, 2011 Price : $TBA
Romania–Led by Gavriel Jecan. Romania is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in all of Europe. From ancient, medieval architecture to stunning landscapes, wildlife and a cultural history that dates back thousands of years. Join Gavriel Jecan as he takes you back to his homeland to visit the forests, towns and villages that only a native Romanian knows.
Dates : October 22 – 31, 2011 Price : $4460.00
Myanmar–Led by Gavriel Jecan. Limited tourism has resulted in Myanmar holding a wealth of less-seen geographical, historical and scenic opportunities for photographers. Experience working with a professional as he negotiates the opportunities this visually-rich location affords. This course is limited to ten participants.
Dates : November 29 – December 10, 2011 Price : $5100.00
And if that is not enough, don’t worry, we have more coming so STAY TUNED!