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  • LIU Heung Shing, Chinese youth wearing sunglasses, 1980

    LIU Heung Shing, Chinese youth wearing sunglasses, 1980

  • LIU Heung Shing, A young man drinking Coca-cola, 1981

    LIU Heung Shing, A young man drinking Coca-cola, 1981

  • LIU Heung Shing, High school students stduy at Tiananmen Square, 1981

    LIU Heung Shing, High school students stduy at Tiananmen Square, 1981

  • LIU Heung Shing, Dr. Fu Nongyu and his client, 1980

    LIU Heung Shing, Dr. Fu Nongyu and his client, 1980

  • LIU Heung Shing, First fashion show in Shanghai, 1980

    LIU Heung Shing, First fashion show in Shanghai, 1980

  • LIU Heung Shing, Dancer Jin Xing, 1997

    LIU Heung Shing, Dancer Jin Xing, 1997

  • LIU Heung Shing, Young professional women Sara Si and Jennifer Cao, 2010

    LIU Heung Shing, Young professional women Sara Si and Jennifer Cao, 2010

  • LIU Heung Shing, Lin Ning, Wang Jianlin

    LIU Heung Shing, Lin Ning, Wang Jianlin

China’s Dream” Photographs by Liu Heung Shing 1976-2015

August 6 - August 21 2016

Liu Heung Shing began photographing China in 1977 as a young photographer enjoying the privilege position of a posting in Beijing for the American Time magazine. The late 1970s in China was a time of change, a time of new beginnings. In 1978, paramount leader Deng Xiaoping mapped out a vision for economic reform which instituted a programme of modernization. This was the start of a socio-political momentum which has made the China we see today. Following studies abroad, now an accredited photojournalist Liu Heung Shing was perfectly positioned to photograph one of the greatest social transformations the world has seen.

Those photographs taken in the late 1970s and early 1980s document the first seeds of change as the people embraced many new elements of daily life. As the reform deepened, living standards rose and the urban and cultural landscape evolved. In recent years, Liu Heung Shing’s photographs include portraits of individuals who fill China’s growing list of success stories from the world of business and the arts.

Today, Liu Heung Shing makes his home in Shanghai, where he is the founding director of the Shanghai Center of Photography, just one of the leading cultural institutions that have sprung up in this leading Asian city in the recent decade.

About the China Cultural Center (CCCBKK):
China Cultural Center Bangkok is the first China cultural center in Southeast Asia. CCCBKK’s mission is to promote Chinese culture as well as to expand China’s communication and cooperation with Thailand, and to enhance the friendship between the two countries.

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Thanks:
This exhibition is organized by Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture Radio Film & TV and China Cultural Center in Bangkok. This exhibition is curated by Shanghai Center of Photography. We would like to thank Mr. Chaninthorn Pitakwararat for his excellent translation and enthusiasm.


 

China’s Dream” Photographs by Liu Heung Shing 1976-2015

August 6 - August 21 2016

China’s Dream” Photographs by Liu Heung Shing 1976-2015

August 6 - August 21 2016

            

Liu Heung Shing
b.1951, Hong Kong / Lives in Shanghai

Liu Heung Shing was born in Hong Kong in 1951. As a young photojournalist he apprenticed at Life magazine in New York the 1970’s where he was inspired and influenced by the legendary team of Life photographers including Gjon Mili. In 1977, he moved to Beijing where, in 1979, he became the chief photographer for the Associate Press (AP). In 1989, he was awarded Picture of the Year for his Tiananmen coverage. In 1992, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News for his coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In recognition of his book China after Mao, published by Penguin in 1983, Newsweek magazine called Liu Heung Shing “The Henri Cartier Bresson of China.” In recent years, collaborating with publishers such as Penguin, Taschen, Penguin/ Viking, Liu Heung Shing’s publications have achieved an authoritative voice on photography in China.