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《看看我們!》自拍前的中國肖像攝影時代

《看看我們!》自拍前的中國肖像攝影時代

展覽開幕: 2017 年 4 月 22 日

展覽日期:2017 年 4 月 23 日 -­‐ 6 月 25 日

Exhibition Opening: April 22nd, 2017

Exhibition Dates: April 23rd - June 25th, 2017

Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30-17:30 (last entry 17:00)

Venue: Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP)

Address: 2555-1 Longteng Avenue, Shanghai, China (near Fenggu Road)

在自拍成為一種習以為常的行為之前,我們在照相機鏡頭前是如何觀看自己的?《看看我們!》通過三個不同的作品系列,來探索照片中關於「自我」的主題,考察人們如何在照片中豐富地呈現自我。展覽從三個不同的視角提出了一個共同的問題:從 1980 年代到今天,我們觀看自己的方式發生了怎樣的變化——或者究竟有沒有改變?

《看看我們!》集結了來自托馬斯·蘇文,丹尼爾·特勞布和劉濤這三位攝影師不同的視角——他們有著不同的背景、經歷和興趣愛好。法國攝影師蘇文專門回收廢棄照片,照片中反映出的尋常百姓生活勾勒了的一個時代;丹尼爾則是來自美國的攝影師和電影製作人,他透過鏡頭展現了一座城市的社會生態,由的生產和貿易推動的經濟劇變是如何給這座城市中的外來社群注入活力,帶來了意想不到的生機;青年攝影師劉濤來自內地,他長期拍攝與他朝夕相處、充滿生活氣息的街區。

How did we look at ourselves in front of the camera lens before the selfie became a spontaneous practice? 「Here』s Looking at You!」 explores the subject of the self in photographs, through three distinctive bodies of work. Through these, the exhibition looks at the diverse ways in which we find ourselves in photographs. From three very different perspectives, it asks how the ways in which we see ourselves have (or haven』t) changed from the 1980s to today.

「Here』s Looking at You!」 brings together the diverse visions of Thomas Sauvin, Daniel Traub and Liu Tao: three photographers from different backgrounds, with different experience and interests. Thomas Sauvin is a French artist who, here, recycles discarded images from ordinary people』s daily life in China to map out an era; Daniel Traub is an American photographer and film-maker looking at the social ecology of a Chinese city, and how dramatic economic shifts in China』s production and trade have introduced an unexpected, vibrant element to a local community. Liu Tao is a young local photographer immersed in, and devoted to capturing, the life of his immediate neighborhood.

《北京銀礦》這部龐大的圖片檔案拉開了本次展覽《看看我們!》的序幕。這個始於 2009 年,持續了六年之久的項目見證了其締造者——法國人蘇文——逐年建構起的一個數逾 50 萬的負片銀行。《北京銀礦》中這些無主的寶物是蘇文在六年間從北京郊區的廢品回收站中「發掘」出來的,當時的他作為一位藝術家和攝影師居住在北京,開始著手搶救這些「財產」。蘇文耗費巨大心力整理、清潔和保存的這批圖像捕捉到了從 1980 年代末至新千年伊始居民的日常生活。從《北京銀礦》這個圖片檔案中,我們可以目睹經濟改革中的一段鮮活而激蕩的歲月——人們的生活水平日益提升,閑暇時光的活動愈加豐富多采。

「Here is Looking at You!」 begins with the enormous archive created by Thomas Sauvin, which he titles Beijing Silvermine. This began in 2009 and, over the next six years, saw its author, then based in Beijing, amass an image bank of over half a million negatives. 「Discovered」 by chance on the outskirts of Beijing, Sauvin embarked upon an intensive salvage operation, exhaustively sorting, cleaning, preserving the multitude of images. Capturing the daily life of Chinese people from the late 1980s through to 2000, Beijing Silvermine reflects the impact of economic reform, seen in the photographs as the blossoming of leisure time and rises in living standards.

由美國攝影師丹尼爾·特勞布發起、廣州街頭攝影師曾憲芳、吳永福共同參與的《小北路》項目,關注的是生活在廣州城中來自非洲地區的群體。這個項目從新千年伊始一直進行到 2014 年,當年中非貿易活動放緩。許多久居廣州的非洲人會請街邊的「攝影師」為自己拍攝肖像,拍完后寄給遠方的故鄉和家人,或者當做紀念,自己留存。在《小北路》中,我們可以看到一個個單獨的身影、一對對夫婦或一群好友在鏡頭前擺開姿勢。他們通常會身著節日盛裝,往往是那些色彩鮮艷、層次豐富的傳統服飾。照片中,人物置身於小北路橋上,其灰暗的色調與這些衣服形成了強烈的對比——這個項目也因此得名。

Little North Road, the project presented by American photographer Daniel Traub, is the result of a collaboration with Guangzhou-based street photographers Zeng Xianfang and Wu Yongfu. It centers on their portraits of diverse African nationals, who began to arrive and settle in Guangzhou from the early 2000s. This continued to 2014 when trade between the nations began to slow. Seeking portraits to be sent home to their families in Africa, or kept as personal momentos, we see the settlers as individuals, couples, or friends striking a pose to have their photograph taken. Many are dressed in their Sunday best, a rich, colorful array of traditional costume fashioned from brightly-printed fabrics. The contrast is enhanced by the muted grey tone of the bridge upon which they pose – the Little North Road (Xiaobeilu) from which the project gets its title.

劉濤的攝影系列《下午好,晚上好》捕捉的是他的故鄉——安徽合肥的日常生活。自 2011 年開始,他在自家附近的幾條街道上觀察社區里人們的日常生活。他的照片里充滿了他所熟悉的社區生活中的偶然瞬間,而他也為照片中拍攝的人們所熟悉。劉濤每天觀察著街上的人們,幽默而敏銳地捕捉下那些總是不易覺察、轉瞬即逝的事件——而他自己也同樣無法被他所拍攝的主體察覺。與《北京銀礦》和《小北路》比起來,劉濤的照片可以說是那些精心建構的自拍照的對立面。

每一個作品系列都展現了一種觀看自我或他人的方式。它提醒我們,在自拍的時代,拍攝人像是一個複雜的行為;至少,關於我們自身,它揭示的比我們所認為的更多。

The third portion of this exhibition, a series titled Good Afternoon, Goodnight, comes from Hefei-based photographer Liu Tao. Since 2011, Liu Tao has observed people going about their daily life in his neighborhood; the community that lives within the radius of a few streets surrounding his home. His photographs are full of incidental moments that unfold in the life of the community, which has become as familiar to him as he is familiar to those he photographs. Every day he observes the people on the streets, capturing fleeting instances with humor and sensitivity those that, for most, are unobserved, as he himself is unobserved by his subjects. In contrast to the self-awareness that underscores the subjects pictured in Beijing Silvermine and Little North Road, Liu Tao』s photographs are the antithesis of the consciously constructed selfie.

Each of these bodies of work reveals something of the ways in which we like to look at ourselves, or at other people. It reminds us that, in the era of the selfie, taking photographic portrait is a complex act; at the very least, it reveals more of us than we think.

關於攝影師

托馬斯 ·蘇文,出生於 1983 年,是一位法國藝術家和攝影作品收藏家,曾工作和生活於北京,現居巴黎。他的《北京銀礦》(2009-­‐2017)是目前最大的攝影作品檔案之一,在視覺上重建了的大眾膠片攝影史。

《北京銀礦》曾在、新加坡、法國、瑞士、比利時、澳大利亞和美國的各類藝術機構、美術館和不同的國際攝影展上展出。

蘇文的攝影集《銀礦》被第 88 期《源攝影評論》評為「史上最偉大的攝影專輯」之一,而《直到死亡使我們分別》則被《紐約時報》評為 2015 年度最佳攝影作品集之一。

丹尼爾 ·特勞布,出生於 1971 年,是一位來自於費城的攝影師和電影製作人,現居紐約。從 1999 年開始,他參與到一些在的長期攝影項目中,其中包括「簡體字」項目:通過一系列街拍照片探索 21 世紀初城市的巨大變化;另外一個系列「外圍」觀察的是幾個大城市郊區的景象。

特勞布的作品亮相於國內外的多個展覽,其中包括在芝加哥 Catherine Edelman 畫廊的個展,費城的斯勞特基金會以及連州國際攝影節。他的作品同樣見諸於公共和私人收藏,比如在馬古列斯倉庫收藏和舊金山現代藝術博物館。

《光圈》、《歐洲攝影》和《紐約時報雜誌》均收錄過特勞布的作品。他的個人攝影集《北費城》(2014)和《小北路》(2015)由德國柯和出版社出版。

吳永福,出生於 1979 年,其後離開江西老家外出尋找發展機遇,於 2003 年起定居廣州。在制鋁行業工作了幾年後,他開始在廣州中信廣場為遊客拍攝紀念照並以此為生。2009 到 2011 年期間,他在小北路地區為非洲裔和其他外來者拍攝肖像照。

曾憲芳,1980 年出生於湖南。為尋求更好的工作機會,他從 2009 年起移居廣州。學會攝影后,他與妻子一同開始了肖像拍攝的工作。從 2009 年末到 2015 年夏天,他一直在小北路地區的人行天橋上工作。

劉濤,出生於 1981 年,自學成才的街頭攝影師,生活工作於安徽合肥。從 2011 年開始,每天從下午到晚上,他都會以一種幽默但又不乏敏感和洞見的方式,在自家附近的街區中拍攝同樣的路口、同樣一批居民的日常生活。

劉濤的作品曾入圍第六屆北京三影堂攝影獎展,併入選「色影無忌 2014 年度新銳攝影師」。他的作品見諸於各類國際媒體,曾經刊登在美國《時代周刊》網站攝影師專題、BBC 中文網、南華早報、中央電視台等等,併入選德國視覺領軍者大獎、日本越後妻有大地藝術祭。他的攝影集《走來走去》由北京 LENS 文化出版社發行。

Thomas Sauvin (b.1983) is a French artist and photography collector previously based in Beijing, now resident in Paris. His Beijing Silvermine represents one of the largest archival undertakings in photography in China. Visually, it reconstructs the history of popular analogue photography in China.

Beijing Silvermine has been exhibited in art institutions, galleries, and various international photography festivals in China, Singapore, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia and the U.S.A.

Sauvin』s photo book Silvermine was selected as one of the "Greatest Photo Books of All Time" by Source Photographic Review, issue N°88; Until Death Do Us Part as one of the New York Times Best Photo Books in 2015.

Daniel Traub (b.1971) is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker, originally from Philadelphia. Since 1999, he has been engaged with long-term photographic projects in China, including Simplified Characters, a series of street pictures that explore the vast changes taking place in Chinese cities at the start of the 21st century. The series Peripheries looks at the landscape at the outskirts of several major Chinese cities.

Traub』s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, and China』s Lianzhou International Photo Festival. His work can be found in public and private collections including the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

His work has also appeared in publications including Aperture, European Photography a nd The New York Times Magazine. He has published two monographs with Kehrer Verlag: North Philadelphia (2014) and Little North Road (2015).

Wu Yongfu (b.1979) left his home in Jiangxi Province in search of opportunity to arrive in Guangzhou in 2003. After some years working in the aluminum industry, Wu began to make a living taking souvenir photographs for tourists in Zhongxin Square. From 2009 to 2011, he made portraits for the many Africans, among others, who passed by on Xiaobeilu (Little North Road).

Zeng Xianfang (b.1980) moved to Guangzhou in search of work in 2009 from Hunan Province. There he learned to take photographs and together with his wife began producing portraits on Xiaobeilu (Little North Road). He stopped in the summer of 2015, but together with his family, continues to live and work in the vicinity.

Liu Tao (b.1981) is a self-taught street photographer based in Hefei, An』hui province. Since 2011, from the afternoon to the evening, he has developed a routine for photographing his neighborhood; the same streets, the same people going about their daily lives. He does this with humor, sensitively and insight.

Liu Tao』s works have been shortlisted for the Sixth Three Shadows Photography Awards; he was a finalist for the XITEK 2014 New Talent Award. His works have been seen on a range of media and publications internationally, such as Time, BBC China, South China Morning Post, CCTV, etc. His photography has been exhibited in Germany, Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, Japan. His monograph Wandering Here and There was published by Lens Culture.

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