maandag 18 februari 2008

Dutch Eyes Shanghai Chinese Interiors Robert van der Hilst Photography

Robert van der Hilst: "Shanghai: 1990-1993/Phoenix Bicycle" (1992)

SHANGHAI, CHINA.-M97 Gallery announced "Shanghai: 1990-1993," a solo photography exhibition by Dutch photographer Robert van der Hilst. The exhibition runs from February 16 to March 21, 2008.

Robert van der Hilst's color Kodachrome photographs from "Shanghai: 1990-1993" captures the early roots of this large metropolis as it readies itself for the great thrust forward towards modernization. Bringing a strong sense of color and composition to his work in the streets of Shanghai, Robert's work, now viewed some 18 years later, brings a sense of historical reflection after the past two decades of breakneck development in China's financial capital. His subjects and sceneries are at once both familiar and foreign to the viewer. The subtleties and textures of the photographs, as well as the overall appearance of the city and its people are captured by the Dutch photographer as he first encounters a city poised on the edge of a newfound greatness. First traveling to Shanghai in 1990 on assignment for Vogue Magazine to feature a reportage of the city, Robert became fascinated by his first encounter with China and later made a total of seven trips to Shanghai in the course of three years. Robert van der Hilst lives in Shanghai and Paris, and is currently working on a large-scale photography project titled "Chinese Interiors". He has worked as a photographer in Europe, South Africa and North America and his monograph "The Cubans" was published in 2001.

Robert van der Hilst (1940) is a Dutch photographer, who graduated from the Fotovakschool when he was 19 and who left his native country when he was 20. He lived in North America for 13 years and calls Paris his home since 1979. Best known for the many photographic essays he carried out for many international magazines, he has mainly concentrated on photographing ‘interiors’ since 2001. Thus he spent two months photographing Cuban Interiors in 2001 and in 2002 photographed Cuban families in their homes in Miami/USA. Since 2004 Van der Hilst has been working on his Chinese Interiors series and is represented by HUP Photography Gallery in Amsterdam.

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