Symposium: China Seen by the Chinese: Documentary Photography, 1951-2003
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 9:00 am−5:30 pm
Helm Auditorium, McCosh 50
Western photographers have been showing China to Westerners for 150 years, and photography has been a major medium in Western museums since the 1950s. It was not until 2003, however, that the Guangdong Museum of Art exhibited the first permanent collection of works by Chinese documentary photographers ever assembled by a Chinese museum. Beginning on September 24, 2009, the China Institute Gallery in New York will have the privilege of holding the first exhibition of this collection in America, featuring a selection of 100 of these photographs. In association with this event, the Tang Center for East Asian Art is hosting the symposium, "China Seen by the Chinese: Documentary Photography, 1951−2003," at Princeton University on October 24, 2009. Presentations will consider historical and cross-cultural perspectives, critical and theoretical approaches to the subject, and the problem of defining "documentary" photography.
There is no registration fee, but advanced registration for the symposium is required. Space is limited. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive symposium materials on-site, please register by October 9, 2009.
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