You know how when you take an amazing, life-changing trip somewhere that makes you think differently about the world you live in and you desperately wish you could capture all the important parts just the way they happened and bring it all back home to share with everyone you care about? You know how, in those situations, your digital shots taken on the fly, without much thought, let alone photographic talent, don’t begin to do such an experience justice? If you do, you know how I feel every time I return from China; that is, until this year’s trip.
This trip we at One Club China had the good fortune to be accompanied by one Peter Cunningham, New York photographer extraordinaire, former assistant to Henri Cartier Bresson and former visual documenter of all things rock ‘n roll, who conducted a One Show China student photography workshop that paralleled our ad and design workshops in Beijing.
Pictures have a hard time expressing the transition at warp speed that is taking place in China today. They lack the emotion that comes with the highs and lows, the good and bad, the joy and sadness that confronts you on the streets during every waking hour.
Peter nailed it all, and thanks to his direction and encouragement, so did his students. He was a magnificent addition to our creative faculty because of both his skills and his personality. He immediately fit into our “cast of characters” and his creative contribution speaks for itself. Check out the “still film,” his patented format, that Peter composed of the student work, as well as his China photos shot during our trip in both Beijing and Shanghai at the links attached. Also check out more of Peter’s still films at tgm.