photo-eye Gallery Don Hong-Oai Currently on exhibition at photo-eye Gallery is a very special collection of images by Don Hong-Oai. These photographs are among the very last Don prints outside of private and museum collections.
|Spring Bamboo Boat (horizontal) — Don Hong-Oai|
Currently on exhibition at photo-eye Gallery is a very special collection of images by Don Hong-Oai. These photographs are among the very last Don prints outside of private and museum collections. My love affair with the work of Don Hong-Oai started over nine years ago after finding the images on photo-eye’s website, years before I was employed by photo-eye Gallery. As I embarked on my new vocation at photo-eye, I immersed myself in all of the wonderful stories of the artists represented by the gallery, and in this process concluded that the story of Don Hong-Oai is almost as remarkable as his images.
Don was born in Canton, China in 1929 but spent much of his life in Vietnam. At age 13 he took on an apprenticeship in a portrait photography studio — and continued to make photographs until he passed away in 2004. Working in the portrait studio Don learned basic darkroom skills and mastered the art of printing from glass negatives. He eventually found that the images he was moved to make were landscapes. In pursuit of that passion he devoted his time to studying under master photographer Long Chin-San. Long was a key figure in this history of Chinese photography and taught Don the art of combining multiple negatives in the darkroom to create a composite image, the process Don used to create the photographs that he would be remembered for. Inspired by traditional Chinese painting, Don’s images depict romanticized landscapes inhabited by fishermen and farmers. Realism was not the goal, rather Don sought to create a quite, dream-like, idealized image.
|Spring Covers the River, Vietnam, 1971 — Don Hong-Oai|
|Pagoda, Hunan, 1990 (no calligraphy) — Don Hong-Oai|
|Napping Guangdong, 1984 — Don Hong-Oai|
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For more information or to purchase prints please contact Gallery Director Anne Kelly at 505.988.5152 x 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org