Opened to the public in 2007, Three Shadows is China’s only privately-run, non-profit centre dedicated to photography. The centre has two main goals: to legitimise photography as an art in China through education, and to reclaim a history of China through photographic images. ‘From a photograph, we can see the zeitgeist of an era,’ says Rong Rong, a prominent Chinese photographer and the co-founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. ‘But photography in China is three decades behind the West. Our understanding of photography is primitive – it’s still not considered an art here.’ To remedy this, Three Shadows runs workshops, invites internationally renowned photographers to give lectures, and boasts its own library of over 1,000 books.
By Simon Zhou