Photography Exhibition Celebrates China-malta Friendship
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.”