Pho­tog­ra­phy Ex­hi­bi­tion Cel­e­brates China-malta Friend­ship

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Xu Qing­tong, pol­ished by Png Yu Fung

Joseph P. Smith's master works, in­clud­ing “The Tex­ture of Mem­ory,” are ex­hib­ited to strengthen non- gov­ern­men­tal ties be­tween China and coun­tries along the “Belt and Road.”

On May 8, “The Tex­ture of Mem­ory” Pho­tog­ra­phy Ex­hi­bi­tion, jointly hosted by Bei­jing Peo­ple's As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries and the Mal­tese Em­bassy in China, kicked off in the First Li­brary of Xicheng Dis­trict, Bei­jing, in the set­ting of the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion. Malta has brought to this ex­hi­bi­tion “the tex­ture of mem­ory,” a piece of master work by Joseph P. Smith, a fa­mous Mal­tese pho­tog­ra­pher, in hopes to strengthen non- gov­ern­men­tal ties be­tween China and coun­tries along the “Belt and Road”, and to en­hance the cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween China and Malta.

John Aquilina, Malta's Am­bas­sador to China, and Tian Yan, the stand­ing vice-pres­i­dent of Bei­jing Peo­ple's As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries, at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony and gave ad­dresses. Aquilina said he felt hon­oured to have been able to in­vite Joseph P. Smith to hold a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing. The ex­hi­bi­tion is a good op­por­tu­nity for friendly ex­change be­tween China and Malta. Through works of Joseph P. Smith, Chi­nese peo­ple may un­der­stand more about Mal­tese peo­ple's daily life. Aquilina also wished for closer ties and more com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween China and Malta. Over 60 peo­ple from home and abroad were present at the open­ing cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Joseph P. Smith him­self, EU am­bas­sadors to China, over­seas Mal­tese in Bei­jing and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bei­jing pho­tog­ra­phers.

The Repub­lic of Malta boasts a long his­tory. The name “Malta” means “the har­bour as a shel­ter.” Lo­cated in the mid­dle of the Mediter­ranean Sea and com­posed of five is­lands, Malta is long known as “the heart of the Mediter­ranean Sea.” An­cient traces and mod­ern el­e­ments are har­mo­niously com­bined in its unique scenery and cul­tural land­scape, which gives Malta its world fa­mous re­sort nick­name, Europe's Back­yard Gar­den. Val­letta, Malta's cap­i­tal, lo­cated in the north­east of Malta Is­land, is not only the coun­try's cen­tre of pol­i­tics, cul­ture and econ­omy, but also a renowned Euro­pean his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural city.

Joseph P. Smith, born in 1959, grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Peru­gia in Italy with a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Cul­ture Man­age­ment. As a pho­tog­ra­pher and artist, Joseph P. Smith never ceases be­ing en­gaged in pho­tog­ra­phy, printed me­dia and paint­ing, and has be­come a master in these fields. He is a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of Wed­ding and Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phers (SWPP), the Bri­tish In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy, the Master Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion of the UK, the Malta In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers, and was made As­so­ciate of the Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of Great Bri­tain and later Artist of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pho­to­graphic Art. In 2001 he be­came the first and only Mal­tese pho­tog­ra­pher ever to achieve Fel­low­ship sta­tus at the Malta In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers.

This pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases a small col­lec­tion of Joseph P. Smith's works, which fea­ture el­derly peo­ple in Birgu and the fleet­ing mo­ments of their daily fam­ily life. Birgu, next to Val­letta, was an im­por­tant city in his­tory on ac­count of its con­ve­nient mar­itime trans­port and pros­per­ous com­merce. By cap­tur­ing the most or­di­nary mo­ments of the el­derly in Malta, the pho­tog­ra­pher is able to in­ter­pret their life dur­ing a pas­sage of time. The fact that they look leisurely and com­fort­able, even in their frag­ile age, re­flects ex­actly what they have ex­pe­ri­enced. These photographs serve as a record of a part of their life and of­fer food for thought. Ye Yong, Pres­i­dent of Bei­jing Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion who at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion com­mented, “It is nei­ther the use of light nor the scenery but real and sim­ple re­al­ity de­picted that is most im­pres­sive in this ex­hi­bi­tion.”

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