IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

China Obscura: A Photo Exhibit

Image from the exhibit 'China Obscura: A Photo Exhibit'

September 8 – October 11, 2005 and
November 1 – December 9, 2005
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

Living in Beijing and traveling across the country over the past fifteen years, Mark Leong has captured images that astonish both in their power and their access to the subtle currents of everyday life – official and underground – where migrant workers float from city to city looking for work, a rock band is monitored by plainclothes police, traveling strippers perform in a tent, and an addict sifts heroin on a bill bearing Mao's benevolent smile. In addition to Mark's stunning black-and-white photographs, the exhibit will feature new color work.

Mark Leong's photographs have appeared in Time, National Geographic, Stern, Fortune, the New York Times, and the New Yorker. A selection of his photos was published recently in China Obscura (Chronicle Books, 2004). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila-Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation, and the FiftyCrows International Fund for Documentary Photography. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he currently lives in Beijing.

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