The voyage of history is magnificent. Looking back, we find it is the image that records yesterday's glories and sorrows. There are 10,000 years of human history and 5,000 years of written civilization, but only 180 years which can be truly and vividly seen through our eyes. Fortunately, we are living in an age of images, and we can perceive the past vividly through them.
In 1978, China achieved a great historic turning point, embarked on the journey of reform and opening-up, wrote a magnificent epic of prosperity and development of a country, and stimulated the vigorous rejuvenation of a nation. Forty years is very short in a long history, but Chinese people have created a miracle for mankind, which has not only profoundly changed China, but also greatly impacted the world.
In the years before and after China's reform and opening-up, a very limited number of foreign photographers and journalists have set foot on this ancient and mysterious land, recording contemporary Chinese society—leisurely and slow urban life, peaceful rural areas, unsophisticated but vigorous faces, and the simple but exuberant life. These simple images, like pearls, are connected with the brilliant road of China's development, and are treasured in the surging tide of fast-changing China.
In 2018, 40 years later, the whole country is celebrating the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. At this time, photography has become the most convincing proof of historical changes. "Photographic Echo : Past and Present, China and Abroad—Photography Exhibition in commemoration of 40th Anniversary of China's Reform and Opening-up", sponsored by the China Photographers Association(CPA), invited Chinese photographers to express themselves at this new historical starting point, and to construct and reshape the photographic culture and visual images with international perspectives and voices, to echo the past, focus on the present and celebrate the great journey.