鄭森池《覓金山鴻爪》Walking on Gum Saan

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《覓金山鴻爪》是融合歷史於攝影、覓尋當年華工在美國西部足跡的攝影集。

1849年引發的淘金熱,使華工湧至他們稱之為「金山」的美國加州,接著投入美國西部拓荒史的洪流中,成為最低層和為數最多的勞工,他們不但是鑿建橫貫美洲大陸鐵路西段的主力,更是大批投入開渠、築堤、 開礦、闢路等勞動工程 ;華工也將農漁業技術帶到金山,開拓荒原,同時更將故鄉的整個生活形態完全移植到異土。這支嶺南文化在美國西部牛仔文化的漫煙中, 既渺小又獨樹一幟地綻放在金山各地。時隔一個多世紀,鄭森池因緣際會地踏上探覓這些足跡的征途。自2005年開始,多次揹負大型底片相機長途跋涉美西各地,並於2011年將第一階段的作品結冊成集。

鄭森池,1953年生於台北。於1977年赴美唸書後移居美國。曾是台灣七〇年代現代攝影「V-10視覺藝術群」的成員之一,重視寫實攝影與現代觀念。《覓金山鴻爪》系列曾發表於加州沙加緬度史丹佛紀念館、關渡美術館、內華達州立鐵路博物館、廣東美術館、國立臺灣美術館。攝影作品收藏於關渡美術館、廣東美術館與國立臺灣美術館。

Walking on Gum Saan merges history with photography, through a collection of photographs, in search of traces of Chinese labors in the West Coast of the United States.

Starting from the gold rush in 1849, Chinese laborers flocked to California, commonly referred to as “Gum Saan(gold mountain),” pioneering the development of the West Coast, as the lowest class with the largest number of laborers. Not only were Chinese laborers the main force behind the Central Pacific Railway, but they also contributed to various projects including canals, levees, mining, and road construction. Chinese laborers brought their agricultural and fishery expertise to Gum Saan, developing the wilderness, while transplanting their hometown lives to foreign soil. This branch of Lingnan culture spread through the cowboy culture of the West, flourishing uniquely in compact areas of California. After more than a century, by chance and serendipity, Shen-Chih Cheng embarked on this journey. Since 2005 he has explored the West, equipped with a large format camera and darkroom techniques, assembling the first stage of images into collection in 2011.

Born in Taipei in 1953, Shen-Chih Cheng has lived and worked in the USA since his studies in 1977. As a member of the 70s modern photography group “Group Visual-10,” Cheng advocated for photorealism and modern concepts. “Walking on Gum Saan” has been presented at the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento, CA, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His work is in the collections of Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Guangdong Museum of Art, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

《覓金山鴻爪》 | 鄭森池 | 廣東美術館編 | 河北教育出版社 | 25.5 x 28 cm | 圖集與文集,共兩冊 | 圖集175頁、文集65頁 | 2016年初版 | 平裝附書盒 | 中文、英文

Walking on Gum Saan(Gold Mountain) | by Shen-Chih Cheng | Edited by Guangdong Museum of Art | Hebei Education Press | 25.5 x 28 cm | Two volume set in slipcase | 175 pages (Photos) and 65 pages (Essays) | 2016 First Edition | Softcover | Chinese/English

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