POWER TRIP

With the Tem­ple of Heaven as a back­drop, Bei­jing’s first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional pho­to­graphic event, “Power of the Im­age,” will show­case more than 200 pic­tures from the ar­chives of al­most two dozen world-renowned pho­tog­ra­phers. Here, a pre­view of some of our

DestinAsian - - THROUGH THE LENS - BY DAVID TSE

China has had a com­plex and tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship with pho­tog­ra­phy over the last 25 years— who will ever for­get the iconic im­age of the Tianan­men Square stu­dent stand­ing in front of a col­umn of tanks in 1989?” says New York– based Frédéric Lagrange, one of 22 in­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phers who will be ex­hibit­ing their work at the up­com­ing “Power of the Im­age” ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing. “But by show­cas­ing pho­to­graphic ex­pres­sions rang­ing from ac­claimed pho­to­jour­nal­ism, por­trai­tures, land­scapes, and fine art, this event will hope­fully cre­ate a wider in­ter­est and in­spire many more Chi­nese people to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties that the art of pho­tog­ra­phy has to of­fer.”

Co­hosted by the Ge­orge East­man House In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy and Film, “Power of The Im­age” ( April 25 to May 31; poweroftheim­age.com) will bethe first ma­jor event of its kind to visit the Chi­nese cap­i­tal, with works from the likes of Steve McCurry, Nadav Kan­der, Jo­ce­lyn Bain Hogg, Ro­man Lo­ranc, Peter Guttman, Art Streiber, Joyce Ten­neson, and Lagrange—a long­time con­trib­u­tor to this mag­a­zine—dis­played on the grounds of the grace­ful 15th-century Tem­ple of Heaven, it­self one of the most pho­tographed sites in Bei­jing. For res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike,

FREEZE FRAME Men at rest on the win­ter ice of north­west Mon­go­lia’s Lake Khövs­göl, by Frédéric Lagrange.

PIC­TURE PER­FECT Clock­wise from right: “Diver” by Nadav Kan­der, on the shores of Utah’s Great Salt Lake; a Kash­miri lady in Kargil, In­dia, is the sub­ject of Frédéric Lagrange’s “Blue Veiled Woman”; also by Lagrange, a Kom­bai mother and child on a for­est trail in Pa­pua, In­done­sia’s east­ern­most prov­ince.

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