Since 2009, New York-based photographer, filmmaker and Alum Daniel Traub has been exploring the people and activities on a pedestrian bridge at the heart of Guangzhou for a project he calls "Little North Road." At the core of the project is an archive of images collected from two Chinese itinerant portrait photographers, Wu Yong Fu and Zeng Xian Fang. Equipped with digital cameras, they have made a living making portraits for Africans who want mementos of their time in China. Traub’s photographs on the bridge and in its immediate vicinity explore the broader dynamics of the area and provide a context through which to see these portraits.
To mark the publication of the book Little North Road in the United States, Traub will present a selection of images from the project and will be joined in conversation with Robert Pledge, the co-editor of the book, Associate Professor C. Jama Adams of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and David M. Barreda, Visuals Editor at ChinaFile. The discussion will address some of the questions the book gives rise to, such as: Are the subjects imposing on the image-makers a specific African portrait tradition? Or do the images reveal more about the personalities and aesthetics of the two photographers? In this era of the "selfie," why are individuals choosing to stop and pose for a portrait?
Mon 11 Apr 2016 , 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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New York, NY 10021
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