A special exhibition on historic Taiwanese landscapes and people captured by silver halide-processed photography will debut at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts from July 2 through Nov. 13.
Curated by award-winning photographers Chang Chao-tang (張照堂) and Chien Yung-ping (簡永彬), "The Silver Halide Era” reconstructs Taiwan's ever-shifting identity and visage from the 1890s until today. The selection will encompass works by both professional and amateur photographers.
The dual-section exhibition will be presented in two segments - "Documents” and "Vintage Prints.” The first section includes 61 displays such as rare and original overprint glasses, tri-colored carbon prints, and photo albums dating from 1890 to 1945.
The second section, "Vintage Prints,” focuses on everyday life as seen from pioneering lens throughout the ages. The 254 pieces by 31 Taiwanese photographers trace the nation's footsteps through the Japanese colonial era, post-World War II, prominent social movements, and the early 2000s.
Of especial note are freelance and reportage photography that focus on social concerns, minority groups, and marginalization. Contemporary creative images by a new generation of post-Millennium artists have a dedicated area as well.
"The Silver Halide Era” exhibition is part of the Ministry of Culture's recent efforts to rescue and document the nation's photography assets. Such assets, as well as a detailed documentation of the development of photography in Taiwan, will be housed by the Taipei-based National Photography Center, which is scheduled to open doors by 2019.
'The Silver Halide Era'
Aura of Times: Vintage Photography Prints by Taiwanese Photographers 1890s ~ 2015