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Exhibition introduction

2010 the 3th Three Shadows Photography Award Finalists Announcement

The Aim of The Three Shadows Photography Award Starting from an independent understanding and analysis of contemporary photography, the Three Shadows Photography Award aims to establish a foundation for a depth and breath of academic thought. An invited international panel of judges, from an unceasing emergence of new trends and techniques,selectthose works by artists displaying an independent spirit and artistic potential. Thus allowing us to appreciate and observe the latest developments in contemporary photography. Simultaneously, through professional production techniques, critique, exhibitions and publications, we share the newest accomplishments in contemporary Chinese photography with the broader public. Additionally, we support young artists and promote the healthy development of the field.

Participating Artists: Chen Ji'nan, Feng Li, He Yue, Huang Xiaoliang, Li Chunjun, Li Liangxin, Li Yong, Liao Wei, Liu Jia, Liu Ke, Mu Ge, Qi Hong, Song Xiaodi, Tian Lin, Wang Huan, Xiao Ribao,. Xue Wei, Zeng Han, Zhang Jie, and Zhang Xiao.

The Three Shadows Photography Award is an annual juried competition that aims to showcase the new faces of contemporary photography in China. It was launched in March 2008 with the opening of the exhibition Outward Expressions, Inward Reflections and continued with the Points of Impact exhibition in 2009. For the 2010 edition Three Shadows received 209 submissions for the juried competition. From this pool of applicants, the Three Shadows curatorial team selected twenty young photographers to participate in the 2010 Three Shadows Photography Award exhibition. Each selected artist uses different approaches and techniques to give new meaning to Chinese contemporary photography.

On April 17th, 2010, a panel of international photography critics and curators will select the recipient of the Three Shadows Photography Award from the exhibited semifinalists. The 2010 Jury Members are: Eva Respini (Photography Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, USA), Francois Hebel (Director of the Arles Photography Festival, France), Karen Smith (Photography Critic and Curator, UK), Kotaro Iizawa (Photography Critic, Japan), and RongRong (Founder of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China).

The exhibition was made possible in part thanks to the support of Shiseido Co.,Ltd. The winner of the Three Shadows Photography Award will receive an 80,000 RMB cash prize. The Photography Award Ceremony will also include presentations of the Shiseido Prize for Best Female Photographer and the Tierney Foundation Fellowship.

The Three Shadows Press will publish and distribute a catalogue to accompany the exhibition.