FOTOFEST2008 News: Opening by ZHUANG Xueben Monday 3/10

Since I arrived at FOTOFEST2008 in Houston, I’ve been blown away by the sheer number of exhibitions and the quality of the work, both on the walls of galleries and museums throughout the city, as well as in the portfolios of those who are showing their work in The Meeting Place, in the hotel lobby, and in the areas just outside The Meeting Place on the second floor of the Doubletree Hotel-Downtown.

There will be an opening/public reception today, Monday, March 10 from 5:30-7PM at One Allen Center (connected to the Doubletree Hotel-Downtown). It is entitled: Ethnography, Western China, 1934-1939. The black and white photographs, scanned and printed from the original negatives are by Zhuang Xueben, and are absolutely stunning, both in their content and quality. The ArtsHouston Blog has an excellent overview of Zhuang Xueben and his images, which you can find here.

I learned from Gao Lei, photographer and founder of Q-Image, Beijing that all of the prints in the exhibition, and about 80% of the prints made for the 10 exhibitions of work by 32 Chinese artists were printed on HP Designjet Z3100 and Z6100 inkjet printers. The show will be on display until April 20, 2008.