Note: This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 12. It was postponed to Tuesday, February 26.
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media presents a discussion lead by program alumnus Will Chan (2016) with fellow alumnus Thomas Holton (2005) and An Rong Xu (BFA 2012 Photography), in conjunction with "Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers" at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). Both Holton and Xu have work on view in the exhibition. RSVP here.
"Thomas Holton has followed the trajectory of a single family, the Lams of Ludlow Street, since 2003. Starting as a family of five in a 350-square-foot apartment, the family has changed over the past 15 years, with the growth of the children and the eventual separation of the parents.... An Ron Xu has used photography to explore his Chinese-American identity with a series of photographs that explore the intersection of the 'two sometimes polarizing cultures.'" -MCNY website
Thomas Holton received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. His work has been exhibited widely, including venues such as the New York Public Library, The Museum of the City of New York, The China-Lishui International Photography Festival and Sasha Wolf Gallery. The Lams of Ludlow Street was featured in Aperture (2007), featured three times by The New York Times (2008, 2012 and 2016) as well as in numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites. Kehrer Verlag published his first monograph, The Lams of Ludlow Street, in 2016. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and family.
An Rong Xu is a New York City-based photographer and director. Born in China and raised in New York City's Chinatown, Xu explores the world around him through his unique cultural perspective. Xu's work is rooted in the beauty of the ordinary, capturing a rich cinematic stillness in his photography and a passionate ethereal journey in his films. Bringing with him a vision for creating emotional narratives, Xu shares a deeper look into the lives of his subjects with a sense of trust and candor, shown through personal moments and words unspoken. He has photographed and directed for publications and companies such as, The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, GQ Taiwan and The History Channel.