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Simple Song
LUO DAN: Simple Song #25 (2010)
© Luo Dan. Courtesy of m97 Gallery.

LUO Dan »

Simple Song

Exhibition: – 8 Jan 2012

Sat 29 Oct 16:00

M97 Gallery

363 Changping Road, Building 4
200041 Shanghai

+86-21-62661597


www.m97gallery.com

Tue-Fri 11-18; Sat, Sun 12-18

Simple Song
LUO DAN: Simple Song #29 (2010)
© Luo Dan. Courtesy of m97 Gallery.

“SIMPLE SONG”
LUO DAN SOLO EXHIBITION

29 October – 4 December 2011
Artist Reception: Sat. Oct. 29, 4-6 pm

m97 Gallery Shanghai is pleased to present “SIMPLE SONG”, an exhibition of collodion wet plate photography works by Chengdu-based photographer LUO DAN. The exhibition begins on October 29, 2011, and m97 Gallery will hold an opening reception for the artist on Saturday October 29 from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the gallery.

For his “Simple Song” project, Luo Dan employed the traditional collodion wet plate photographic process invented in 1850, spending several months traveling with a portable darkroom in remote and mountainous regions of China’s southern Yunnan Province. Looking to capture the purity of this photographic process, Luo Dan was able to reflect the authenticity found in rural life for many of China’s yet undeveloped regions, where the way of life has remained largely intact for hundreds of years. Many of the villages in this region were settled by Christian missionaries 100 years ago, where the local villagers are people of faith and devout churchgoers dressing up in their ethnic garments, or Sunday’s best. By bringing a reverence to both this photographic process and subject matter, Luo Dan’s “Simple Song” series is an effort to capture a sense of timelessness. An incredibly popular process in the mid-nineteenth century, wet plate collodion could render exquisite detail for photographers, but the laborious process of exposure and development also led to its decline towards the end of the century.

An acclaimed portrait and documentary photographer, Luo Dan has won numerous awards and recognition for his works “On the Road - Highway 318” (2006) and “North – South” (2008). Luo Dan was born in Chongqing, China, in 1968 and graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Academy in 1992. He was given the Gold Award for Outstanding Artist at the Lianzhou International Photography Festival in 2008 for his body of work “North, South” (2008). This year he was recently awarded the Hou Dengke documentary photography prize, as well as voted best new photographer at the Dali International Photography Festival (2011). He currently lives and works in Chengdu, China.

Permanent Exhibition URL : http://www.m97gallery.com/exhibitions/?title=SimpleSong


RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE

“TRANSCENDING TIME: LUO DAN’S “SIMPLE SONGS” by AIMEE LEE (LEAP Magazine) - June 2011
(EN) leapleapleap.com/

“Luo Dan shows the natural side of China” by Céline Tabou (Photophiles Magazine) - October 2011
(FR) www.photophiles.com/

“Luo Dan – China: On The Road” (Actuphoto) - November 2010
(FR) actuphoto.com

“North - South” (Life Magazine) – June 2009
(CN/EN) www.chinalifemagazine.com/

Simple Song
LUO DAN: Simple Song #5 (2010)
© Luo Dan. Courtesy of m97 Gallery.
Simple Song
LUO DAN: Simple Song #28 (2010)
© Luo Dan. Courtesy of m97 Gallery.
Simple Song
LUO DAN: Simple Song #6 (2010)
© Luo Dan. Courtesy of m97 Gallery.