The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography is exhibiting Michael Yamashitaâ€™s â€œSilk Road and The Great Wallâ€ from September 27 to December 16, 2007 showcasing the photographerâ€™s present-day images of ancient places traveled by the 13th century explorer Marco Polo and the 15th century voyages of Chinese admiral Zheng He.
Yamashitaâ€™s exhibit is a melting pot of modern and ancient worlds captured in vibrant color images from China, Venice, Iran, Iraq, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Marco Poloâ€™s â€œDescription of the Worldâ€ served as Yamashitaâ€™s guide as he traveled the ancient overland China trade route, The Silk Road. Zheng Heâ€™s explorations, long forgotten, have only recently been recognized as being extraordinary for their time.
An Artistsâ€™ Reception, with live music, hors dâ€™oeuvres and book signing will be held at the museum from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. An Artistâ€™s Talk by Yamashita, with slide presentation, will be held from 7:30-8:45 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Hallmark Institute of Photography Educational Center, Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
Michael Yamashita is an acclaimed world traveler and photographer. He has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year Competition, the New York Art Directorâ€™s Club, and the Asian-American Journalistsâ€™ Association. He also lectures and holds workshops nationally and internationally. When not on assignment he lives in Chester, New Jersey.
The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography is located at 85 Avenue A, downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Photo: Michael Yamashita