Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts

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Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Soul Gazing upon Life: A Solo Exhibition by Chuang Ling
2017-12-29 ~ 2018-02-25

Chuang Ling, now 79, has devoted all his life to photography. Driven by a strong passion for photography, Chuang started taking photographs when he was in the second grade of junior high school (1953) with a camera his father borrowed for him. From then on, photography has played a predominant role in his life for more than sixty years. During his teenage years, he was taught and inspired by his father, Chuang Yen, a life-long guardian of the cultural treasures of National Palace Museum. His elder brother Chuang Che, a famous painter, also enlightened him as to aesthetics. Chuang taught himself photography, and his perspectives on photography gradually took shape during the learning process. His expertise on forestry enabled him to look deep into nature. For more than thirty years, he worked as a news photographer at Taiwan Television Enterprise. The experience in this job greatly helped to broaden his horizon and enrich his artistic rendering. 

Chuang Ling’s photographic works highlight the “trueness” and “naturalness” of images. Taken in one shot, his photographic works combine visual and spiritual beauty and are endowed with the spirit of modern art. In addition to photographic creation, he writes articles and books on photography and devotes himself to educating young artists. He has taught photograph at National College of Arts (now National Taiwan University of Arts), Chinese Culture University, Ming Chuan University and Shih Hsin University. Apart from teaching, he concerns himself with the development of photography in Taiwan. He acted as the president of the Chinese Society of Photographic Education and Society of Photographic Museum and Culture of Taiwan. For years, he has striven to found and promote National Museum of Photography (now named National Center of Photography).

Soul Gazing upon Life is a refined representation of his works after Towards Spiritual Perception at 70, a retrospective held in 2008. In this exhibition, change is made to the selection, number and arrangement of the displayed works. New works are added to show Chuang Ling’s artistic practice and characteristics. In addition to the four series, My Art Teachers and Friends, Approaching the Modern Era, Life Encounters, and Life on the Road, included in the exhibition are Life Continued and My Newborn Baby, two experimental films he made at the time when he founded Theater Quarterly with his friends in 1965. The viewers will have the chance to grasp Chuang Ling’s photographic works and get a glimpse of the development of photography in Taiwan through the films of his interviews. What is also presented is his lifelong effort and persistence in promoting photography in Taiwan.




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