From Saturday 05 December 2006 to Saturday 20 December 2006
Authors : Lionel Antoni - Valerie Archeno - Eric Baudelaire - Salah Benacer - Steven Benson - Laure Bertin - Jean-Luc Bertini - Han Bing - Luo Binhua - Philip Blenkinsop - Changjiang - Song Chao - Yang Chengde - Amy Cheung - Marizilda Cruppe - All authors.
Born out of a desire to demonstrate the profusion of photography to be found in China, the Lianzhou International Photography Festival (LIPF) (5-20 December 2006) explores works from a diverse range of national and international practitioners. Accessible only by rough road, Lianzhou is a peripheral town in the province of Guangdong. Located at the foot of the Wuling Mountains - an impressive and surreal landscape - it is situated on the border of Guangdong, Hunan and Guangxi, and forms an important point of traffic between these three provinces.
The festival began in 2005, with the aim of putting Lianzhou on the map. Thematic discussions, academic exchange and photographic display combined to establish an influential international photo festival and a first-rate cultural event of positive economic, professional and market impact for China. Now in its second year, the professional maturity of LIPF belies its youthful standing. Over 80 exhibits, of (mostly) high quality work, enliven the crumbling remains of the town's architectural past. A different theme is applied each year, with 'Dual Visions' having announced LIPF to the world. This year's festival operates under the rubric: 'Origin: Between the Observer and the Observed' - a broad theme used to unite curators from home and abroad and inspiring the display of works by highly esteemed photographers from both east and west.
With over 80 exhibits spread throughout Lianzhou, LIPF 06 continues 05's exploration of photography and its relation to society. The theme attempts an examination of the position of the observer, the function of observation and the significance of the observed, in the belief that it is precisely within this web of relationships that the key to interpreting images can be found.