The ancient architecture and buildings seated in Hen-Fu Area and the cultural customs reflected upon those ancient buildings which have featured as Shanghai Landmarks, snapped by Chen Haiwen, Ruan Dajian and Ding Jianguo into identical black and white images, are embodied with historical density and cultural thickness.
The exhibition has included the portraits from Chen Haiwen, Ruan Dajian and Ding Jianguo, depicting the ancient architecture and buildings in Shanghai in recent years. Those portraits vary from lights to shadows, from patterns to lines; with diversified styles but united spirits. Those masters, making use of the portraits, have pinpointed the details of the ancient architecture and buildings, sought the liaison between vivid human and still architecture, and voiced the feelings between individuals and the whole city. It must be admitted that they have sketched a graceful skyline of Shanghai, which has reminded people of their ardent love toward the city.
Today, Shanghai-Style Portrait, a branch of Shanghai Culture and rich in visual images, advocates an innovation of Photography and mainly represents the cultural spirits of those ancient architecture and buildings. The essences of these portraits have integrated with international elements, which raises the taste of all master pieces as well wins recognition and resonance in the process of international portrait exchange. The most significant core of those works is to pass on the anecdotes from generation to generation to arouse the conscience of all mankind.
We wish <Shanghai Style Portrait> can propagate positive emotions and play a prior role in inheriting and carrying on Shanghai Style Photography in a long way.