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Norman A. Spencer, Ph.D. has taught at universities in Africa, China, and the U.S. including the China Communications University in Beijing. From 1999 to 2019 he repeatedly traveled to China documenting notable artists, writers, directors and musicians active in the Chinese independent and underground film and art scene. Most of the photographs were taken in Beijing and later in Dali in Yunnan Province in the southwest of China. Dali is considered a “free zone” where celebrities, artists, writers, and musicians intermingle and celebrate life with local ethnic minorities and with young Chinese who choose to live on the margins of mainstream society. Spencer also documented well known Chinese artists and writers who live in exile in New York City, London, and Paris. Spanning more than twenty years, the photographs in this collection capture a rare glimpse into the lives of the Chinese film and art scene at the turn of the 21st century. Descriptions of the images were provided by Norman Spencer and his wife, Xiaojian Peng.

诺曼∙斯宾塞博士曾在非洲,中国和美国的大学(包括北京的中国传播大学)任教。自1999年至2019年,他多次前往中国,用相机记录了活跃于中国独立电影与艺术界的著名艺术家,作家,导演和音乐家。大多数照片在北京拍摄,部分照片拍摄于中国西南部云南省的大理。大理被认为是一个 “自由地带”,名人,艺术家,作家和音乐家在这里与当地少数民族,以及选择生活在主流社会边缘的年轻人交往,拥抱他们热爱的生活。除此之外,斯宾塞的照片还记录了生活在纽约,伦敦和巴黎的著名中国艺术家和作家。该系列中的摄影作品跨越了20多年,捕捉到了21世纪之交中国电影和艺术界的难得一见的景象。

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  • 1999-2019


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