The National Center of Photography and Images (NCPI) held a book launch on March 10 to introduce a new monograph series titled "Photographers of Taiwan (臺灣攝影家)," featuring a selection of works by three Taiwanese photographers: Mike Chuang (莊明景), Hou Lulu Shur-tzy (侯淑姿), and Huang Yung-sung (黃永松).
Those present at the book launch included Culture Minister Shih Che (史哲), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) director Liao Jen-I (廖仁義), the three photographers, research monograph editor-in-chief Kuan Hsiu-hui (關琇惠), monograph review committee member Chung Yi-chieh (鍾宜杰), as well as numerous prominent professionals, scholars, and art critics of the photography industry.
During his speech, Minister Shih paid sincere tribute to the photographers who contributed to the development of Taiwanese photography culture, as well as the artists present at the event. He said that photographers devoted their lives to capturing beautiful moments of everyday life, and the monograph series which showcases the photographers' representative works emphasizes their rich creative processes.
NCPI stated that the three-volume "Photographers of Taiwan" consists of Huang's works that were created in different countries at different time periods, Chuang's photography work which emphasizes culture and humanity, as well as Hou's works which illustrate her dedication to promoting gender equality and contributing to the common good.
Huang shared that photography is essential to portray the essence of Taiwanese culture, and he also learned to discover and reproduce beauty, and develop a meaningful connection with life through his photography. Chuang quoted a famous philosophical phrase "I think, therefore I am" to convey that photography is essential to his essence of happiness and fulfillment in life. Hou commented that the series demonstrated NCPI's commitment to addressing a diverse range of social issues and reflected their concern and respect for a pluralistic society. The publication of the monograph series is of great significance to the world of photography.
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