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Photography: Look into yourself

2017-08-01

On July 30 (Sunday), the famous photographer Mr. Liu Yu attended the "Photo Beijing·Monthly Master Talk" and presented us a wonderful seminar - "Photography: Look into yourself" centering on the theme of the Photo Beijing 2017 "Photography: Origin and Future". Liu shared his photography concepts, photography processes and stories behind the photos with photographic fans, through his works and experience. 


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Photography experience as a reporter 

Liu was a report of the Xinhua News Agency, and his experience in interviewing and photography is amazing. He went to the areas suffering frequent disasters or left behind by the world a dozen of times, and successively went through reporting Bosnia and Herzegovina War, the Kosovo Crisis, the Iraqi Crisis, the 50th Anniversary of the "Second World War" victory held in Moscow, affirmation of the Reincarnated Soul Boy of the 10th Panchen, the 50th Anniversary of the UN's Establishment, the General Elections of the UK and the US, four Olympic Games and other major events. 


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I photographed so many celebrities and profound events, and I'm admired by many people. However, I admire others as well, and we may not be able to become the one that we admire. You are you yourself, no matter now or in the future, there isn't anyone else in the world exactly the same as you. Don't admire others, as you'd better look into yourself. The advantage of each photographer lies in its own life. Life itself is spectacular, and we can simply put it into records. 


Take the photos of our routine life. 

Since I worked in the China Photographers Association, I started to focus on the routine life and photographed people and things around me. 


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One morning several years ago, I saw things in blur after I got up from the bed, and so I went to see the doctor. He told me that I got the disease of "Binocular Diplopia", and suggested that I should not watch the computer and mobile phone too much. Since that day, in order to reduce my attachment to the phone, I started to photograph passengers once I got on the subway train. While not shooting pictures, I found everyone had gotten used to staring at their phones Once I got my camera in the hands, the crowded train carriage became more interested than I thought. 

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Photographers 

Last year, I started to photograph photographers with intention. People are familiar with many works of well-known photographers, but they don't know who are behind the cameras and how did they do it. The next year is the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening-up, and the people in the photos I took are the witnesses of the Reform and Opening-up. They are gradually withdrawing from the frontier of interviewing and photography, and the era to which they belong is about to elapse. In my opinion, it's meaningful to record them. 

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My daughter's growth 

It's a 12-minute short film, but to get it filmed takes 16 years, or more specifically, it's yet "to be continued". When I started to record, I didn't intend to share it with the others. Like most parents, I just wanted to memorize the growth of my child physically, and the filming was intermittent. The growth of my daughter is of significance in terms of its typicality in the context of the China's social transformation and educational background. I start to think that, a record of a family may turn out to be socially meaningful. Each family is a cell of the society, with certain characteristics of the times, and the convergence of all families in the country actually stands for one part of the country's history of development. 

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