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Humanism in China: Contemporary Chinese Photography at the China Institute

September 29, 2009

The China Institute (125 E. 65th Street between Park and Lexington) is hosting an exhibition of Chinese contemporary documentary photographs from September 24 through December 13. This seminal exhibition includes  photographs from the first major museum collection ever assembled in China of documentary photographs produced by Chinese photographers. The collection itself is housed at the  Guangdong Museum of Fine Arts in Guangzhou and is the product of a painstaking two year selection process that covered twenty provinces and  approximately 100,000 photographs by 1,000 photographers. The result is a highly distilled collection of  600 photographs by 248 photographers.

The China Institute is the first exhibition space on the American tour. The exhibit, titled “Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photography“, includes 100 hand-picked photographs from the Guangdong Museum that span the past fifty years and include images from China’s densely populated urban centers to desolate villages. The NYMagazine actually has a better slideshow than the China Institute website because you can see the titles and dates of the photographs, link here.

The China Institute was founded in 1926 and is the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China. The institute hosts a variety of educational programs and art exhibits.

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