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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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‘A Hong Kong Memoir’ by legendary Ho Fan

‘A Hong Kong Memoir’ by legendary Ho Fan | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Often called the “poet with a camera, or “the grandmaster,” Ho Fan (b. 1937 in Shanghai) is often called the “poet with a camera, or “the grandmaster”. His street scenes and photomontages of the 1950s and ‘60s left their marks on the minds of several generations. Considered to be one of the masters of black-and-white photography, Ho Fan is also an accomplished actor and filmmaker, having produced over 20 films in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The poetic grandeur and dramatic power of his photographs have earned him over 200 prizes over the course of his long career, which began in 1956.

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Martin Parr & Wassinklundgre The Chinese Photobook

Martin Parr & Wassinklundgre The Chinese Photobook | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In the last decade there has been a major reappraisal of the role and status of the photobook within the history of photography. Revisionist histories of photography as recorded via the photobook have added enormously to our understanding of the medium’s culture, particularly in places that are often marginalized, such as Latin America and Africa. However, until now, only three Chinese photobooks have made it onto historians’ short lists. Yet China has a fascinating history of photobook publishing, and the exhibition, coproduced by the Rencontre d’Arles and Aperture, will reveal for the rst time the richness and diversity of this heritage.

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Chineasy illustrated characters designed to make learning Chinese easy

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Entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh and graphic designer Noma Bar have created a system of illustrated characters and animations to help people learn to read Chinese.

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We Zhang Bojun in Shanghai

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To kick off 2014, the OFOTO gallery in Shanghai has organized an exhibition of the work of Zhang Bojun (张博钧). Born in 1964 in the Heilongjiang province and now based in Beijing, Zhang is exhibiting his series We, taken over the course of seven years during his daily walks.

We explores the Chinese people, migration, and the dashed dreams of life in the big city, where workers, who represent the vast majority of the urban population, are unable to settle. Every day for seven years Zhang took photographs, broke them down, then reassembled them into a swarm of people who are at once identical and distinct.

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Lost in Time: The Tale of the Historic Hong Kong Photographs that Almost Got Away

Lost in Time: The Tale of the Historic Hong Kong Photographs that Almost Got Away | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

These amazing John Thomson photographs of Hong Kong were almost lost forever. Read the incredible story that brought them back to our shores.

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Photography: China’s Environment in Crisis

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British photographer Sean Gallagher spent seven years documenting China's environmental crises, from summer snowstorms to endangered animals and grasslands turning to desert.

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Tiananmen Square photographer says iconic 'Tank Man' image was a 'lucky shot'

Tiananmen Square photographer says iconic 'Tank Man' image was a 'lucky shot' | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Jeff Widener, the photojournalist behind one of the most recognizable (and meme-worthy) images in modern media, has spoken out about how he came to create "Tank Man" during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

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Photographs from the Chinese Cultural Revolution show state approved operas created by leader's wife

Photographs from the Chinese Cultural Revolution show state approved operas created by leader's wife | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Chinese photographer Zhang Yaxin chronicled the state-approved entertainment provided to the country during the Chinese Cultural Revolution that lasted from 1966-76.

Selected by Jiang Qing, the wife of Communinist Party Chairman Mao Zedong, Yaxin photographed the government approved operas Qing created to promote the state's revolutionary message.

The collection of pictures by Zhang, a photographer for the Xinhua News Agency, went on display at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto in February.

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Ren Hang Anatomy of the image

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The revelation of early 2014, Ren Hang is a provocative young  Chinese “photographer and poet”  who explores the possibilities of the body with an uninhibited sexuality and a playful, stylized shamelessness. Condemned by the Chinese intelligentsia, his work has garnered international acclaim at exhibitions around the world.

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Tiananmen Square Still Haunts Photographer Brothers After 25 Years

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David Turnley was in Paris when he got the call. His brother Peter was in Beijing to cover the visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to China but was on the line with different, more exciting news. A small group of students had taken to the streets in protest in Tiananmen Square—and their numbers were swelling.

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Ren Hang | NUE Galerie (Paris)

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“Nudity is not published in China,” Beijing-based photographer Ren Hang told Pas Un Autre. “An exhibition was canceled, someone spat at my work, cameras getting confiscated by the police, and almost going to jail.”

Ren Hang’s photos contain a lot of nudity, but it’s not really pornographic titillation. Pop mysticism? (Erupting in clusters of birds) Pop physics? (Arranged in precarious piles) Absurdism? (Ass up, head in a ground hole) Avant-garde lite? (Drenched in red, squatting with flowers) Ok, it’s a bit Ryan McGinley with the blue smoke stacks in the woods, but… It works.

Ren Hang’s new exhibit opens at the Paris NUE gallery later this month. “La Chine a Nue,” Ren Hang, Jan 17 – Mar 14, NUE gallerie, Paris

ECAL Library's insight:

A voir jusqu'au 17 mars 2014 !

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chiara goia captures chinese artists reproducing sculptures

chiara goia captures chinese artists reproducing sculptures | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

italian photographer chiara goia has captured a series of images documenting the labor intensive, highly-specialized, and, to some extent, bizarre community that comprises the 'sculptors village'

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Wu Qi | Lianzhou Foto 2013

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This series were taken at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Every single day, hundreds of thousands of visitors swarmed into the Shanghai World Expo. Many tourists hurriedly seize the wooden sheep sculptures to use them as the seats, striking all kinds of postures.

I arranged these candid shots into traditional Chinese calligraphic squares in a kind of contemporary way. I think they are still documentary in the way they reflect reality, like memorial relics of present-day China.

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See What Paris Looks Like As A Dark, Empty, Chinese City

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Only in China can you find pieces of Athens, Amsterdam, New York, London, Venice, and Washington, DC, all within the same national border.
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Surreal Photographs of Life in China’s Most Industrialized Cities by Ian The

Surreal Photographs of Life in China’s Most Industrialized Cities by Ian The | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

London-based photographer Ian Teh describes Dark Clouds, his project investigating China’s most industrialized cities, as “an exploration of the darker side of the economy’s bright, shiny facade.” Teh follows Chinese workers in the coal industry, giving us a glimpse into the lives of those that are integral in the development of a nation, but are rarely seen or recognized.

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