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Exhibition & Related Screenings: JOSEPH F. ROCK at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Vintage Photographs from the National Geographic Image Collection

Exhibition Dates: June 16 – July 21, 2012

Reception: Thursday, June 21
5:00 - 8:00 pm

These silver print and early color images of China were taken in the 1920's by Joseph F. Rock, a man who traveled the remote lands on the Chinese border with Tibet for almost 30 years. The trials and adventures of Rock fascinate the modern day eye. Rock captured landscapes that are range from surrene to oppressive; people who are hardy with calm but cautious watching eyes; and habitations that run the gamete from campsites to elegant courtyards and a grand lamasery.

This was the age of expeditions when men ventured into their unknown to bring back tales of their encounters. The world was big and less connected; the National Geographic magazine was the world's window into these remote pockets of the world. The text detailed the adventure, but it was the images that captivated our attention and curiosity. It was the small frames like those of Rock that drew us in and connected the distant horizon with our living room. Looking now at Rock's images we feel this primal sense of awe and amazement. We are taken on a journey that travels the elegant reflective waters at Yongning Lamersery, Nyorophu Island and stand small in the shadow of the looming Mount Jambiyang, Szechwan, Konkaling, China. We feel the adrenaline pump through our veins as we watch Joseph Rock's porters haul a chest across the Yangtze River on a goatskin raftand feel the cold creep into our skin inJ oseph Rock and Naxi assistants at the summit of the Jesila, Minya Konka Range. We feel the excitement of the explorer and the locals in Crowds at the gate greet Rock's expedition, Kaichow, Kansuand watch a ritual performance Balden Lhamo leads the Bowa in protecting Yama, The King of Hell, Choni Lamasery, Tibet with delight. The portraits are particularly moving. So many of the works are filled with unbound energy and emotion; these frames too are charged, but allow us to stop and look into the eyes of subjects: tribal leaders, bodyguards, even living Buddhas.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Stephen Bulger Gallery

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
Starting at 3:00 PM

June 16
Dir. John M. Stahl (USA: 1944), 137 min.

June 23 – Double Feature
National Geographic Society (USA: 2004), 43 min.

National Geographic Society (USA: 2007), 52 min.

June 30
Dir. Kaige Chen (China: 1993), 171 min.

July 7 – Double Feature
FROM THE VAULT: Rare Vintage Footage from National Geographic Expeditions
National Geographic Society (USA: 2012) approximately 40 min.

Dir. Liesl Clark, National Geographic Television and Film (USA: 2009), 50 min.

July 14
Dir. Yimou Zhang (China: 2004), 119 min.

July 21
Dir. Kevin MacDonald (USA: 2011), 95 min

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