Reaffirm the importance of "me and my camera" in the digital age may seem outdated. It is precisely for this reason that Lianzhou International Photography Festival (LIPF) felt the need to revise the relationship with the camera to the first. The theme "Me and my camera is supposed rammené us to the individual behind the camera, this living being awake and free-thinker, able to take a stand and paint a vision in a unique photographic language of its own.
The specificity of language and vision of the photographic work are linked to its author at the camera. Lenses, focus, exposure ... all of the forces of the weaknesses of the medium that the new imaging technologies and computer were able to edit, copy and merge. With these technologies, photography has undergone revolution propelling the background in the field of art and affecting up to documentary photography. In proposing the theme "Me and my device," LIPF not trying to decry the marriage between traditional photography and new technologies, or denounce the appropriation of the image through the Internet, advertising, media and other image that obscure the reality that photography seeks to confront us. At a time when the art blurs the boundaries between different art forms and return the photograph in a fashion making it a medium of choice, we want to put the emphasis on "me" behind the camera and reconsider its relationship with the ever-changing reality it attempts to capture, as no other art form can claim such a beautiful approach, as witness of life. Let the art thought of tracing, the editing, and merging of photographic, our goal is to remember that the raw material of photography is rooted in the relationship in the unit and the reality.
"I and my camera" rammène us to the essence of photography since the new springs from the former, a concept with which Lianzhou, host city of LIPF is familiar. During the Tang dynasty (618-907), this remote region of southern China has hosted a large number of exiled writers and mandarins as Han Yu, Liu and Liu Yuxi Zongyuan. In the instability of the empire, the social turmoil and external threat that characterized the last half of the Tang, Han Yu, Liu Zongyuan and other scholars proposed a return to language stripped of direct and pre-Han prose. Based on the ancient tradition, the movement of ancient prose "advocated the use of creative language to describe the former and analyze in stressing the problems of empire. In this sense, "I and my camera" is not only a return on our relationship with the camera, but also a statement of the importance of independent views and the extraordinary power of photography to testify and face reality, events and our emotions.
Li Xianting: Critic, Founder of Li Xianting's Film Fund
Bao Kun: Photographer, Critic and Curator
Jiang Wei: Exhibition and Publication Advisor; Photographic and Literary Critic
Liu Shuyong: Critic and Curator
Emil Fedida (Norway): Curator, Founder of Oslo Photo Art School, Norway
Kajsa Lindskog (Sweden): Curator, project leader, lecturer at Malmö University / Culture and Media
Anna Brag (Sweden): Artist, Lecturer at Malmö University / Design
Caprice Horn (Germany): Curator, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
Alka Pande (India): Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi
Gunther Dietrich (Germany): the founder of Transition Gallery in Berlin, Director of PHOTO EDITION BERLIN
Katy Barron (UK): Curator, gallerist, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Robert Pledge (USA): President of Contact Press Images