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May 2 - June 20, 2009


WU JIALIN: HOMELAND


Artist Reception

Saturday, May 2, 2009

5 pm – 8 pm

This will be the first American solo exhibition for Wu Jialin in a commercial gallery in the United States.

His most recent American show was at the Houston FotoFest in 2008.


Wu Jialin was born 1942 in the Yunnan Province. Since 1968 he began his photographic career using government issued cameras for almost thirty years. During this lengthy career Mr. Wu has been documenting the people of the Yunnan Province, which is bordered by Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. It represents 26 ethnic groups and is the most undeveloped province in China.


Wu Jialin’s photographic influence did not come from the outside world, but from a handful of Chinese photographers.  He did finally meet Magnum photographer Marc Riboud, who began to promote Mr. Wu’s work in Europe.


These astonishing contemporary images of China provide a window of China’s past. With the swift progress of China’s modernity, small villages found in the subject of Wu’s photographs will soon disappear.


Wu Jialin has been awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence and the 1997 Mother Jones Award for Documentary Photography. He was also selected by Henri Cartier-Bresson for the Le Choix d’Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition in 1999. In 1997 he was included in an exhibition at the International Center for Photography in New York.


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