"What are silver halide pictures?
Digital printouts are like microwave meals
While silver halides are like cuisine cooked with time.
Digital printouts are like children sent to nursery house
While silver halides are kids raised carefully at home.
In short, one is original works taken care by oneself,
One is just reproduced copies. "
In his seventies, Chang Chao-Tang who has awarded National Award for Arts by NCAF and The National Culture Awards leaves a profound footstep in Taiwan photography history. To follow his retrospective solo Exhibition at TFAM, AKI Gallery presents Chang Chao-Tang’s original vintage photos of 70-80’s Taiwan scenery this April. His works not only bear the shared memories of Taiwanese but shows closely how the artist interacts with the era. He and his spirits have undoubtedly affected and enlightened the younger generation deeply. Once again AKI Gallery invites master artist and brings you museum-scale exhibition. The reappearance of classic works definitely worth you tasting the smell of time again!
The exhibition contains two sizes of photos which were all developed by Chang Chao-Tang at home dark room in 70-80’s. The tag behind the photos read separately：1983 “Human Grace & Forgiveness”, Eye Gallery, San Francisco and 1986 “Images From the East“, Soho Photo Gallery, New York. When the shows were over, the photos were stored at Chang Chao-Tang brother’s apartment in New York. As times went by the photos were like diamonds concealing the brightness. Those forgotten jewels were found until a visit several months ago. lights and shadows of 30 years ago reunited and returned to its roots. The contents involve his tracks from Penghu to North Coast, Taipei to Tainan, and Pingtung to Hualien County. The city landscapes, village lives, ocean and mountain were all sealed in hand-developed images full of humanity and warmth. 30 years have passed, they are even more compelling and captivating.
Images overflow and mechanical duplication dominate, through Chang Chao-Tang authenticity we invite you to experience photography’s mysterious aura. And don’t miss the artist talk on 2014. 04. 12 (Sat) pm 3 :00~4 :30 at AKI Gallery to understand how he thinks about past and nowadays photography!