In the Show – 4th May 2010

The now 87-year-old French photographer Marc Riboud started his career as a photographer after quitting his job as an engineer in Lyon in 1951. He moved to Paris in 1952 where he met the founders of Magnum photos, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, and started his career as a freelance photographer.

His ongoing exhibition, “The Instinctive Moment”, is a retrospective of his career. The exhibition, which opened last Thursday, is part of the Le French May programme.  The works displayed in City Hall’s main exhibition gallery include photos taken in Europe, Africa and Asia. Many were taken during his visits to China.

The photographers of Magnum Photos, founded by Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour, specialised in photo journalism. In the early days, the agency split the world into several areas, giving different photographers their own region to cover. Like Riboud, the great Cartier-Bresson also focused on China and Asia. They may have been photo journalists, but they were such masterful photographers that even more art-oriented photographers like Hong Kong’s own So Hing-keung continue to follow in their footsteps.

One of the great tragedies for humanity’s awareness of its history and the sum of all human knowledge up until then was the destruction of the library of Alexandria. Maybe not many filmmakers are interested in books and scrolls, but this pivotal event somehow has not been used as the background for a movie story before. “Agora” puts that right, and also introduces us to one of the great female thinkers of history, and some rather less pleasant fanatics. Reviewer Gary Pollard loved it.

“Fragments” at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery brings under one roof the work of two artists, Hannah Bertram from Australia and Serge Clement from Canada. Hannah’s work cannot be collected, wrapped or delivered. It involves hours, if not days, painstakingly dusting the decorative patterns of an Oriental carpet on the floor. Serge tries to capture the illusive moments of time, with his camera.

Performing in our studio are the English soul band “Mamas Gun”. They are big in Japan and just beginning to get the attention of the English press, despite the fact they have only ever visited Japan once.


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