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Tang Dongping: A Review of Photography Practice

2017-04-24

On April 22, Saturday, the four session of "Photography Monthly Talk" of Photo Beijing 2017 was hosted as scheduled in China Millennium Monument. Tang Dongping, Professor of Faculty of Photography, Beijing Film Academy, was invited to give a lecture A Review of Photography Practice. The auditorium was packed to capacity in a lively atmosphere, and over 1,300 students attended the seminar via the Internet.


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Tang Dongping, Party Branch Secretary and Professor of Faculty of Photography, Beijing Film Academy, member of Theory Committee of Chinese Photographers Association, has engaged in photography education for more than 20 years, has won the awards of "Excellent Contributor" issued by State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the Republic of China, "Member with Moral Integrity and Professional Competence" issued by China Photographers Association, "Top 10 Teachers with Virtues" issued by Beijing Film Academy, etc; with books of Portrait Photography, Analysis Photography Works, Language of Photography Images, Far Beyond Photography, and the other 10 masterpieces, as well as many articles on photographic theories, at the same time, he has participated in international academic exchanges and exhibitions for many times.

 

Professor Tang, with his vivid language, summarized his studies on photography over the past years, and shared his observations with the audience on such topics as the nature of photography, the classification of photography, the evaluation criteria of photography, the characteristics of language of photography images, the abstract visual elements, the reflection on the status quo of photography, the cultural positioning of photography, the subject construction of photography culture, etc. Besides, he exchanged his afterthoughts on his teaching practice and various photography projects with the audience.

 

How to strike a balance between art and social demands? Has the threshold of photography been really "lowered"? These questions and answers have triggered our in-depth exploration on photography.

 

Focused on the theme of Photo Beijing 2017 "Photography: Origin and Future", combined with masterpieces from a multitude of renowned photographers and professors, the theme of the lecture - "A Review of Photography Practice" was illustrated from such perspectives as origin, thinking pattern, shooting method, composition, light, latter adjustment, and so on.

 

In the interactive link between teachers and students, Professor Tang patiently answered the questions raised by the students.

 

Professor Tang, with his vivid language, shared his experience with the students for more than two hours, which served as an inspirer of the future career planning of the students. 


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