Dreams Of China exhibition opens

10th Dec 2012

Photographer Irene Kung's critically acclaimed exhibition highlighting China's unique architecture has opened in Beijing.

The Swiss photographer's exhibition, entitled Dreams Of China, looks at landmarks including The Temple Hotel in Beijing, and Pingyao old town.

The images, which are being displayed in an ancient temple hotel in Beijing, were taken during a month-long trip to China in 2011.

During the visit Kung had a guide take her to a closed-off section of the Great Wall and waited until the stars appeared.

The show has previously won critical acclaim in London, Milan, and Rome.

According to European visitors to the exhibition the works altered their perceptions of China and encouraged them to visit the country.

The 54-year-old artist, who says Beijing is her favourite city, said: "For me, the camera is like a brush."

Part-time photographer Song Xiaomei, who visited the show's opening, said: "Chinese photographers don't usually do it this way. We put too much emphasis on colours. But her works make me feel quiet and peaceful with brilliant mixes of colour and light."

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