Views of Huangshan, Taishan: Photographs by John H. Hall and Richard Y. Wong

March 14 – May 9, 1981

A selection of forty photographs by John H. Hall and Richard Y. Wong
entitled “Views of Huangshan, Taishan” will go on view at the
Chinese Culture Center, in its north gallery, from March 14 to May 9.
These intimate and visually stunning photographs offer glimpses of
these famous mountain ranges in China from ever-changing aspects.
There are images of mountain peaks shrouded in mists, contorted pines
and cypresses that are centuries-old, fractured cliffs and cascading waterfalls,
and magnificent temples that faintly hint of human activities in the
midst of these immense and lonely mountain landscapes.
Taishan, one of China’s five sacred peaks, is situated in Shan dong province,
rising 1,540 meters above sea level. It has given rise to such phrases
as “firm as Taishan” and “weighty as Taishan” in Chinese, and has been
eulogized in poems and inscriptions for its loftiness and charm.
The spectacular scenery of Huangshan, in Anhui province, also
inspired many poets and artists, among the latter the so-called Anhui
School that flourished in the 17th century. A selection of paintings of
the Anhui School is currently on exhibit at the University Art Museum,
Berkeley, through March 22, called “Shadows of Mt. Huang” and
organized by Professor James Cahill. The photographers John H. Hall
and Richard Y. Wong are frequent visitors to China and among the first
to have visited Huangshan and Taishan just recently re-opened to
tourists. They will be at the opening day reception for members of the
Center to meet with visitors to the show.
The exhibition is partially funded by the National Endowment for the
Arts and the San Francisco Publicity and Advertising Fund. Gallery hours
are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.