"The View of Formosa's Landscapes from Photographers II,” one of the key photographic exhibitions paving the way for the Ministry of Culture's upcoming National Photography Center, will be held at the National Taiwan Museum from May 3 through Sept. 4.
The four-month exhibition will focus on the features of Taiwan's unique natural geography and the people who co-exist with the island. The museum has curated over 200 photographs that can display the beauty of Formosa in four areas - forests and wilderness, maritime treasures, its people over the ages, and photographers' picks.
The featured 48 photographers come from three distinct generations, ranging from early and established to modern and contemporary. Through the lens and generational context of these photographers, the exhibition hopes to reflect the passing of time and the rapid changes that have taken place within each photographer's time frame.
The first exhibition section will include the valley vistas of Guanshan and Wanli by veteran photographer Chou Chih-kang (周志剛) in 1952, the great trench of Chianan Plain and Guanxi tung oil flowers by aerial photographer Chen Min-ming (陳敏明), and the mist-shrouded Tungho River and migratory birds on Lanyan Plain by nature photographer Hsu Jen-hsiu (徐仁修).
Laomei Green Reef in northern Taiwan was devastated by a fuel leakage incident earlier this March, but its original grandeur will reappear in the Laomei series by photographer Chuang Ming-ching (莊明景) in the second section.
Haunting images of the seascape, seabed ecology, coral spawning season, and marine ecology of fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates will also appear in the works of photographers Chin Kai (秦凱), Chuang Ching-lu (莊慶祿), Tsai Yong-chuen (蔡永春), and Wang Lien-sheng (王連陞).
On the anthropology side, the exhibition will also display early records of Formosan residents, artifacts, and cultural landscapes by the late Scottish traveler John Thomson, one of the earliest European photographers to land in the Far East.
The 2016 exhibition follows in the footsteps of "The View of Formosa's Landscapes from Photographers I,” co-organized by the National Taiwan Museum and the Society of Photographic Museum and Culture of Taiwan in 2013. It is also part of the Ministry of Culture's flagship project "Rescue of National Photography Assets and Establishment of National Photography Center.”
'The View of Formosa's Landscapes from Photographers II'