Wang Jinqin is former vice chairman of the Qinhuangdao CPPCC，member of China Photographers Association. He started to learn photography in September 2013. His works have won excellent awards in China Photography Art Exhibition, China Ancient Villages Photography Competition, “Snow Cup” Ancient Architecture Photography Competition, etc., and have been accepted in many international photography exhibitions. “The mysterious customs of Bazaar” was accepted in the 4th Shenzhen International Photography Art Festival in July 2020. From 2013 to 2014, he spent one year photographing the ancient residential buildings in Zhuanghe Village, Haigang District, and Qinhuangdao City. In 2014, he held a photography exhibition of “Impression of Zhuanghe”, which brought great social repercussions. The photo collection of the same name was published the following year. After that, he spent more than five years photographing ancient Chinese residential buildings. He visited 213 villages and towns and took 18,000 photos. He carefully selected 460 photos, plus 103 photos of architectural components, compiling them into a photo book entitled “SHOU WANG: A Photo Collection on Ancient Residential Buildings in China”, which was published by China Photography Publishing House in October 2020. The book is not only about rich photographic artistic language, but also carries an important historical documentary value and architectural aesthetic value. The value of this collection gradually enhanced as time goes by, especially in the sense of passing on the inheritance of Chinese ancient residential architecture culture to future generations.
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SHOU WANG: A Photo Collection on Ancient Residential Buildings in China
Ancient residential buildings are an important part of in architectural history in China. The ancient buildings have a long history, mainly in the two basic forms of “cave dwelling” and “nest dwelling”. After development in long period of time, the buildings have many shapes and are rich and colorful, yet simple, elegant and exquisite. Buildings are not only the place where people live, but also the demonstration of human wisdom. It is also where people’s heart belongs. With urbanization prevails, ancient residential buildings are gradually disappearing. How to pass on the architectural culture of ancient residential buildings becomes imperative. So I picked up the camera and photographed for more than five years to document 213 rural ancient towns in 22 locations. From a total of 18000 images, I compiled and published the photo book “SHOU WANG: A Photo Collection on Ancient Residential Buildings in China”.