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China: A Photographic Portrait

China Image Exhibition The only UK opportunity to catch an unprecedented and unique photographic exhibition, documenting the changing face of China over 50 years, visits the City Art Centre in Edinburgh this summer.

China: A Photographic Portrait offers an unparalleled look at changing life in China as viewed through the lenses of 250 Chinese photographers.  It is a remarkably revealing self portrait.

Comprising of 590 frank images taken between 1951 and 2003, the exhibition records in detail the daily lives of the Chinese people, of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, at work, rest and play.

The photographs are divided into four distinct themes - existence, relationship, desire and time - and strikingly portray the impact radical social upheaval has had on the individual in recent generations.

A new addition to the exhibition is a collection of 33 short films which provide a further insight into the cultural and social life of a country which is home to a fifth of the world's population.

A series of workshops and talks accompanies the exhibition, from family art classes to lectures by film writer, producer and director Mark Cousins on Chinese Cinema, and Hong Kong composer Kimho Ip on Chinese subculture and the changing music scene.

China: A Photographic Portrait is brought to the Scottish capital by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and is a highlight of the year-long China Now In Scotland festival. 

The run at City Art Centre, from 5 July to 14 September, is the last chance to view the ground-breaking exhibition before it returns home to the Guangdong Museum of Art, in Guangzhou, China.

City Art Centre, Market Street 5th July - 14th September

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