martes, 17 de junio de 2014



Chinese Photography, currently one of the most important photography magazines in the world, edited in 23 x 26 cm large format size, with a circulation of 150,000 copies, 178 pages along with a top-notch quality of paper and a photographic reproduction of the highest level, has published in eight pages in its number of June 2014 the article titled Robert Capa: Last Hours of Life in Vietnam and Place of His Death, previously published in FV Foto-Video Actualidad nº 232 of December 2013, which is a great honor for us.

From these lines we wish to thank the attention and care shown by Chen Gong, Director of Chinese Photography magazine and Zhang Han, who had the kindness of translating the text into Chinese language, as well as expressing the deep emotion we feel on realizing that China has turned already within XXI Century into an international power in the photographic scope, both regarding specialized publications and as to the collectors segment, interest for classic cameras and lenses, organization of all kind of events and exhibitions, creation of photographic galleries (798 Photo Gallery in Beijing, M97 Gallery in Shanghai, Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing, C14 Gallery in Shanghai, Aura Gallery in Shangai, OFOTO in Shanghai, Beaugeste Photo Gallery in Shanghai, Kunst Licht Photo Art Gallery in Shanghai and many others) and the prestigious CHIPP (China International Press Photo Contest), created in 2004, divided into 8 categories and that has turned into a significant photojournalistic worldwide recognixed milestone as a communication platform through which photographer from all over the world interchange ideas and display their images, it all specially thanks to the indefatigable labour implemented by Huang Wen, general secretary of the China Society of Photojournalists, a woman featuring deep knowldge on photography, also being a prominent photojournalist of Xinhua agency and a number of photographic organizations and a lecturer on the whole globe.

It has likewise been relevant the international projection of great photographers like Lu Nan, Lu Wang, Li Zhensheng, Ho Fan, Wang Fuchun, Wang Ximing, Li Ge, Stefen Chow, Luo Dan, Song Xiaogang, Liu Xung, Chi Peng, Wang Jianhua, Li Yanan, Dong Dong, Xu Daqing, Jiang Zhi, Zhang Jingna (a world class professional fashion and portrait photographer mastering lighting, whose images have appeared in Elle, Flare, Harper´s Bazaar and has also worked for firms like Canon and Mercedes-Benz), Feng Jiang (landscape photographer who has masterfully depicted in colour the great beauty of China), Xi Zhinong (wildlife photographer), Chen Qinggang (photojournalist), Leping Zha (landscape and Fine Art photographer using large format cameras and outstanding getting vivid colours, very high quality of lights and balanced compositions along with his excellent technique, whose images have appeared in PDN Photo District News and the exhibition APA Advertising Photographers of America 2003, having also made black and white infrared photography which has appeared in Black and White magazine in August 2008), Jing Huang (Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award Winner 2011), Xi Singson (a New York based remarkable fashion and portrait photographer featuring uncommon talent for her youth - she is only 24 years old-, inspiration and ability to fascinate, specialized on the attaining of dreaming atmospheres, sensuality, great sensitiveness and unique tonalities and colours, who was selected in the 2011 IPA Best of Show and has published porfolios in Wahine, Zink magazine, Talk magazine, Fashionisto, Content Mode magazine, UCE magazine, see.7, Fashion Gone Rogue, Elle Beauty Vietnam, as well as having photographed the first campaign and lookbook for Shien Cosmetics and the fashion collections of Inaiscealong with the birth of historical milestones like the foundation of the photography magazine of conceptual art New Photo by Rong Rong and even the design and manufacture through manual craftsmanship of the comprehensive range of high quality Shen-Hao large format cameras in nine different sizes from 4 x 5 “ to 12 x 20 “ together with the 6 x 9 cm and 6 x 17 cm and 6 x 24 cm panoramic formats.

Needless to say that China has historically been one of the areas of the globe arousing more interest regarding the creation of images since Pierre Joseph Rossier, Felice Beato and John Thomson got the first pictures of it in mid XIX Century, followed by the Russian Research and Trading Expedition (with the task of exploring the road from Zaisang to Sichuan Province headed by the topographer Z.L.Matusovski, Dr. P. Pyasetsky and the photographer A.E.Boyarski, who made 200 pictures with large format camera and 4 x 5 “ glass plates developed just after the exposure), Afong Lai and Auguste François. Later on, throughout  XX Century, the great Asiatic nation would be reached by world class photographers like Ernst Boerschmann between 1906 and 1909 (making photographs with 4 x 5 “  large format camera and Wollensak lenses in Beijing, Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Jiangshu, Shangai, Zhejiang, Hubei, Hunan, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Sichuan), Walter Bosshard, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hiroshi Amaya, Marc Riboud, Inge Morath, René Burri, Ian Berry, Eli Reed, Bruno Barbey, Stuart Franklin, Martine Franck, Liu Bannong, Zhang Yin Quan, Ho Fan, Lang Jinshan, Liu Xu Can, Mu Quing (photojournalist of the Xinhua News Agency), Hedda Morrison and many others.

On the other hand, there has been in China since nineties a remarkable boost regarding the interest for the Lao Zhaopan, that´s to say, original vintage black and white pictures from mide XIX and early XX Centuries made with large format cameras, brass lenses, glass plates boasting huge dimensional stability and flatness (superior in this side to the large format acetate emulsions) and techniques like the albumen printing, which often appear in every kind of publication, particularly in series of images, providing an exceedingly beautiful vintage aesthetics and above all a valuable source of information to grasp the social and cultural changes experienced by China throughout the late Quing dynasty, to which must be added that the increasingly discerning millions of Chinese enthusiasts of photography are aware that the symbiosis between very old LF non coated lenses and LF b & w films was able to get esplendid results as to definition and fairly lavish and detailed tonal separation, yielding gorgeous copies on photographic paper and a superb reproduction quality in specialized magazines. 

It has also been remarkable in China the spreading of important photographic events like the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Shanxi Province with hundreds of exhibitions featuring thousands of photographers and images, it all being particularly enhanced by its director Zhang Guotian.

Likewise, the author of the article wishes to thank John G. Morris, Pat Trocme, Dirck Halstead, Donald R. Winslow, Bruce Young (News Photographer Magazine), Lisl Steiner, Claire Yaffa, Javier Izquierdo, Alfonso del Barrio (Director of FV magazine), Varga Miklós (Digitális Fotó Magazine), Dékan István (Digitális Fotó Magazin), José Horna (profesional photographer and editor of the blog, Antonio Jesús González (professional photographer, member of AFOCO and editor of, José Luis Caballano Alcántara (Past President of AFOCO), Mariano Pozo Ruiz (profesional photographer of the ACB, Spanish Federation of Basketball, Unicaja of Málaga Club and author of a number of books with pictures made by him in India, Mozambique, Vietnam, etc) and Producciones XL Gelves Sevilla the sincere support received during his investigations on Robert Capa.