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
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.