We met the humble Yang Yan Kang at his ‘Of Legends and Beliefs’ Exhibition held at the Leica Store Singapore Opening yesterday. He autographed and gave us a copy of his book of postcards. Here are some pictures of Yang and his beautiful documentary photographs of Tibet in his book.
Yang Yan Kang shot the stunning black and white images of Tibet featured in the exhibition with a Leica M6 with a pre-asph Summilux 35mm F/1.4 lens. Ironically, Yang prefers film, and in particular Kodak TRI-X, rather than the digital Leica M9 rangefinder he had strapped across his shoulder (we assume as a store opening prop :-)). Yang likes the Leica MP film camera too.
‘Of Legends and Beliefs’ is still an on-going project. He has been shooting Tibet for three years in 4 months sprees, and expects a few more years before completion. In case you’re curious as we were, Yang shoots about 200 rolls per visit to Tibet. Yang previously also shot images of ‘Catholicism’ in China.
The exhibition features his self-developed and hand-printed silver gelatin prints on fibre paper. Beautiful, classic and surreal – his exhibition alone is worth a visit to the Leica Store.
Yang Yan Kang is a photographer based in China and a member of French Agency VU.
View more of Yang’s images on: http://photography-now.net/yang_yan_kang/portfolio1.html