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“Photography Monthly Talk" First Initiated by Chen Changfen

2017-01-27

On January 21, the first lecture of "Photography Monthly Talk" at Photo Beijing 2017 was held at China Millennium Monument by Mr. Chen Changfen, a renowned photographer, who gave a speech on Photography, Come Back!, and shared his observations with the audience on his afterthoughts of photography practice over the past 50 years.

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Prior to the lecture, Zhu Hongyu, the Deputy Director of the Organizing Committee of Beijing International Photography Week, revealed the theme of Photo Beijing 2017: "Photography: Origin and Future", and elaborated its cultural abundance.


At the very beginning, the photography serves as a kind of dream, through which human beings can record their activities and afterthoughts in the form of image.

At the very beginning,, the photography has changed to a kind of exploration and marching for technology, which has achieved the popularity and routinization of film and video production upon dedication, engagement, extremely hard exploration and development of numerous skilled craftsmen.

At the very beginning, photography serves as the pursuit of art. Those who love photography can stand still and express their ideas and feelings via camera.

Reviewing the historical evolvement of photography can call upon our original intention, and renew our efforts in making an in-depth exploration of photography; look forward to the future, we are well aware that photography, like an element, a momentum, a glimmer of light, will be integrated into new VR transcendence of time and space

Facing Future

Photo Beijing serves as a platform for facilitating exchanges on international photography scholarship, a platform for accelerating the development of Chinese image art and a platform for fueling the development of photography market.

Photography, driven by the interaction among origin, external, and future, will further expand its professional dimensions and enrich its cultural abundance.


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In the flowing two hours, Mr. Chen Changfen shared his observations with the audience."As long as 'm alive, I will devote all myself to taking photos."

 

In terms of photography, Mr. Chen Changfen argued that the most important role of photography technology, in the nearly 180 years since it was invented, has witnessed the progress of mankind, the times and the society. He preferred to present the image of human destiny via his own works, since he insisted that, compared with words and paintings, photography shall serve as the most complete, authentic, and reliable way of expressing ideas and feelings., which shall represent vicissitudes of the society and ups and downs of lives in his photos. As a photographer with social responsibility who focuses on the matters of the society, the nature, and the masses, has published several works in succession: Yellow River Trilogy, Yangtze River Trilogy, Great Wall, Epic of Great Wall, Fission, Sun and Moon, and other masterpieces. After sharing the creation ideas and stories beyond such creations, he commented, "I am very grateful to the times, the world, the society, the nature, as well as the happiness, knowledge, and physical and mental health resulting from photography."


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Marching One Thousand Li, also known as Red Great Wall - the masterpiece by Mr. Chen Changfen in the last 1970s is


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Masterpiece Sun and Moon


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The first photo taken for a 97-year-old man by Mr. Chen Changfen 


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