In this issue of VOP, we explore the idea of photography as a channel of movement, focusing on the critical analysis of a particular point-of-view — the left wing — and its actualization and importance in the history of images.
In this issue, Ho Ching-Tai’s White Terror Files calls out to the souls locked up during the period of martial law (also known as the White Terror period) and traces back to a time of darkness in the history of Taiwan; Lin Shen-Chin looks back on the ups and downs of the Left Wing movement in Taiwan, and the current developments of the Left Wing movement on the international stage; Chang Shih-Lun examines the realist photography movement in the 1980s, brought about by the Ren Jian magazine, and how the humanist compassion of the Left influenced Taiwanese documentary photography, and changes to the photography landscape in the post-Ren Jian era; Guan Xiao-Rong takes a look at what Left and Right mean in the context of photography, based on his own experiences in the photography field; Kuo Li-Hsin explores the Left Wing issues in Taiwan documentaries, and interviews Beijing Photography Institute’s Professor Zhang Xian-Min, examining modern Leftist documentaries in China’s context. Gu Zheng uncovers the production and ideology behind the Leftist images in China’s Cultural Revolution era, and gives an in-depth critique and analysis of the extreme Leftist visual propaganda during that period of time. Lee Wei-I seeks out a series of illustrated propaganda books published by the Left during the Hong Kong 1967 Leftist Riots and gives us a glimpse into one of the most turbulent periods of time in Hong Kong’s Leftist history. Kaneko Ryuichi offers some insights on Japan’s photographic resistance through a closer look at the new Leftist “Anti-Establishment” Movement of the 1960s.
Voices of Photography 攝影之聲 Issue 15｜Softcover, 128 Pages｜19 X 25.5 cm｜Published by 影言社 2015