Washington And Hong Kong Artists
Open To Public
The Photographic Society of Hong Kong has shown initiative by organizing a dual display of the work of American and American photographers.
The exhibition is being held in the Society’s clubroom in Prince’s Building and yesterday’s opening would have been a great success had it not been for the attempt to crowd a large number of visitors into a very limited area.
The opening of the exhibition as quite informal. The arrival of H.E. Sir Alexander Grantham together with a number of distinguished guests, and members of the Photographic Council of the Hong Kong Photographic Society, preceded the entry of the general public.
Sir Alexander and Lady Grantham spent over half an hour inspecting the pictures, asking many questions as officials around the club escorted them.
Exchange of Work
This is the first exhibition of its kind that has been held in Hong Kong and it is likely to lead to afar greater expansion of he original idea, which was to exchange with other countries both examples of local photographic art and ideas in general in connection with photography.
The Washington Council of Camera Clubs has sent to Hong Kong about fifty examples of their work, and Hong Kong in return sent them a like number of pictures made locally.
Judging by the present exhibition, the Colony can stand up well to the American standard.
The local organizers say that they are not looking at the competitive point of view so much as towards the value of eh national exchange of outlook on the art as a whole. Washington has sent pictures descriptive of scenery in that neighborhood; Hong Kong in return has sent prints illustrative of the life in this Colony. An interchange of views fro a technical standpoint has also been arranged. It has hoped that a similar arrangement will shortly be effected with Great Britain, India and other countries.
Visitors to the exhibition, which will remain open to the public each day will notice that the majority of Washington pictures represent snow scenes, which offer a wide scope to the camera enthusiast but which, unfortunately, are denied us here in Hong Kong.
|An Old Master By Francis Wu|
Among the Hong Kong exhibits (89), “An Old Master” by Francis Wu, attracted much attention. Most of the works exhibited by the “6:20 Club” (so called from the ferry they catch on their weekly expeditions to the New Territories” were done in the early misty hours of the morning. The members have put up a creditable show, and should be encouraged to continue the good work of putting Hong Kong “on the mp” in photographic circles.