Nothing But Purity——Richard Yee's Photography Exhibition opens in NAMOC
Richard Yee, a Chinese American, was born in Taishan of Guangdong province. He began to rise to fame in photography in 1950. From 1985 to 1998, he held many personal exhibitions of photography in galleries and museums in the United States. His works were collected by four American museums. Living in the same time with famous Chinese photographers Chen Fuli and Jian Qingfu, Richard Yee is under deep influence of American landscape photographer Ansel Adams. In his works, Richard Yee shows oriental charms, with an art concept entirely different from that of Ansel Adams. Richard Yee applies simple, unadorned lens language, poetic picture atmosphere to show distant artistic conception of frozen time and space in his photographic works. While keeping the vigorousness and elegance of Ansel Adams, Richard Yee shows profound oriental philosophical features in his works. He is among the oriental photographers stepping in the mainstream photography circles in the United States. He walks in the forefront of the time among Chinese photographers of his era.
The exhibition highlighted the artistic achievements of Richard Yee in black-and-white photography. Stepping into the No.2 exhibition hall of NAMOC, audiences will first jump into the sight of Scene, photography works on landscapes. These scenery photos show aesthetic features of artistic inspiration photography, where audiences, via the natural scenery under the lens, could comprehend the sights in his heart and exploration of the old generation of overseas Chinese photographers to integrate the Chinese and western elements. The No.2 exhibition hall also put on display some of Richard Yee’s s works on Form Exploration. These works of strong sense of form record his footprints in exploration of the photographic art. Different from the works of rich aesthetic taste, the photos in the No. 6 exhibition hall, focusing on the theme of “The Past of Hong Kong”, displayed photographic works of Richard Yee in the 1950s and 1960s on the subject of Hong Kong. Looking at the lifelike images, chewing the familiar names of Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and the Central that have developed into bustling business quarters, audiences are likely to have a sense of traveling through time.
The NAMOC has applied itself to promoting excellent photography exhibitions. It has attracted extensive attention in the industry home and abroad with photography exhibitions over the years. These exhibitions and activities have not only benefited the professionals, but also drawn photography closer to the general public.