Architecture of the New China: Landmark projects of Beijing

Architecture of the New China: Landmark projects of Beijing
Photographs by Andy Ryan
June 30, 2010-September 10, 2010

June 30th – September 10th, 2010

Andy Ryan’s serene images of the sleek and mind-boggling-massive landmark projects of Beijing sparked awe-inspired conversation well past the viewing hours of the opening at the Griffin Gallery at Digital Silver Imaging.

Architects marveled at the scale and scope of Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid complex including sky bridges containing a suspended swimming pool, gallery, theater and auditorium.  The bird’s nest design of the Beijing National Stadium, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics, was dwarfed from a distance. In comparison, the close-up capturing the broom-welding harnessed workers cleaning the façade brought home the magnitude of this $500 million feat of engineering and was a favorite among viewers.

Photographers marveled at the 3 sepia-toned prints from Polaroid Type 55 negatives which exemplify DSI’s mission of the art of B&W; in a digital world. The fairy tale quality captured in “Heaven” belies the gritty reality of this dangerous construction site. Kudos to our intern extraordinaire, Anna Rotti, who mastered this tricky technique.

The talk of the show were the fiber based prints flush mounted to aluminum. The unique sizes and ability to have the print float off the wall make for a stunning, clean and modern presentation. It amplified the starkness of the cutting edge architecture.

DSI had our own feat of grandeur in creating the workflow to provide these beautiful pieces. We are excited to add this output option to our services.

Andy provided a comprehensive presentation of the landmark projects in a digital slideshow.

The exhibit is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

About the Griffin Museum
The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts: the Main Gallery, which features rotating exhibits from some of the world's leading photographers; the Atelier Gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of prominent, up-and-coming artists; and the Griffin Gallery, home to the extensive archives of Museum founder and world-renowned photojournalist Arthur Griffin.

About Digital Silver Imaging
Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) was founded in 2008 as a dedicated black-and-white photolab. DSI offers a unique printing process that provides beautiful fiber-based and resin-coated black-and- white silver gelatin prints directly from digital files. Through a full suite of printing and finishing services, DSI creates museum quality, continuous tone images, uniting the advances of the digital world with the art and archival properties of true black-and-white printing. For more on Digital Silver Imaging visit www.digitalsilverimaging.com or call 617-489-0035.