MFA Photography Video and Related Media invites you to a discussion lead by alumni Will Chan’16 with alumni Thomas Holton ’05 and An Rong Xu in conjunction with Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers at the Museum of the City of New York.
‘Thomas Holton has followed the trajectory of a single family, the Lams of Ludlow Street, since 2003. Starting as a family of five in a 350-square-foot apartment, the family has changed over the past 15 years, with the growth of the children and the eventual separation of the parents…
…An Rong Xu has used photography to explore his Chinese-American identity with a series of photographs that explore the intersection of the “tow sometimes polarizing cultures.”’
Thomas Holton received his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2005. His work has been exhibited widely, including venues such as the New York Public Library, The Museum of the City of New York, The China-Lishui International Photography Festival and Sasha Wolf Gallery. The Lams of Ludlow Street was featured in Aperture (2007), featured three times by The New York Times (2008, 2012 and 2016) as well as in numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites. Kehrer Verlag published his first monograph, The Lams of Ludlow Street, in 2016. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and family.
An Rong Xu is a New York City based photographer and director. Born in China and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Xu explores the world around him through his unique cultural perspective.
Xu’s work is rooted in the beauty of the ordinary, capturing a rich cinematic stillness in his photography and a passionate ethereal journey in his films. Bringing with him a vision for creating emotional narratives, Xu shares a deeper look into the lives of his subjects with a sense of trust and candor, shown through personal moments and words unspoken.
Xu has photographed and directed for publications and companies such as, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, GQ Taiwan, and The History Channel
William Chan is an artist, curator, and lecturer. His work takes a critical look at the ramifications of U.S. foreign policies in the Middle East. As a lecturer, he provides an entry point to discussions on the topics of PTSD, moral injury, and suicides among veterans as well as the trauma inflicted by the United States military. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His first book, Ten Years After Iraq, was nominated for the ICP Infinity Award among other accolades, and have been acquired by notable institutions such as the Bronx Documentary Center, Tate Modern, The Met, and Brooklyn Museum.
He is currently working on his latest book, The Complete Visual History of the Chinese American Experience.
images curtesy of Thomas Holton