Exhibition "La Belle Époque" Avant Premiere

From 14th July to 31st July, 2019

Hotel lobby, Residence G Shenzhen

Add: 4078 Dongbin Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen

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Anais Zhang’s great-grandfather-in-law, a Frenchman called Paul Verdun, was a pioneer photographer in the late 19th century and early 20th century. His hobby took him across France and Europe, leaving behind hundreds of black-and-white photos depicting scenic spots and daily life scenes. 

In the early days of photography, photos were mostly printed on glass. Paul Verdun used a piece of special equipment called Vérascope, one of the first 3D viewers. 

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Anais Zhang studied at the Guangzhou Fine Art Academy. In 1999, she obtained a master degree in Oil Painting. One summer, when she was in France visiting her in-laws, she discovered in the attic a huge wooden trunk containing these glass photographs. Surprisingly, from one generation to the next, the Verdun family had forgotten about this hidden secret.

Just like when you reanimate people who have fainted, their cheeks become colorful again. For Anais, she has been working on “bringing back to life” these old black and white photos by using her incredible toning skills and by adding a Chinese sensitive touch to the original composition.

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