Saturday, October 1, 2005 - Saturday, December 31, 2005
Photography is a means to record history, keeping fresh both the old and the new. Beijing is an ancient city with a rich cultural heritage of thousands of years. Its traditional culture profoundly influences the people, subtly penetrating their lifestyles. History marches on rapidly. As the modern Beijing scurries in, the old one is fading.. However, Beijing, an ancient capital with a 3,000-year history, still sparkles with an incomparable glory and enjoys a lofty historical position among international cities.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the success of China entering the World Trade Organization and the bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games has made Beijing a focus of global attention. This interest has inspired the photographers’ passion to depict the city of Beijing. To describe this ancient city in a panoramic and detailed way, Beijing: Ancient City, Modern City aims to demonstrate from different viewpoints a profound understanding and portrayal of the history and vibrant life of the city.
Beijing: Ancient City, Modern City was made possible by cooperation between the New York State Museum, the Beijing Photographers Association (BPA), and the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA).