Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Lee Hsu-pin has witnessed Taiwan Economic Miracle, peaks of social and political movements, three major floods, and two disastrous earthquakes. He has participated in various social activities through recording and observing. At his 31, he left the civil engineering consultant and found his interest in photography. Being the owner of the non-profit art gallery, Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Lee currently teaches in Tainan National University of the Arts and National Changhua University of Education.
The Road Ahead photography workshop is one of the educational programs derived from 2018 Tainan International Foto Festival. The duration of the workshop was about six months. Through this relatively long process, the workshop tested out participants’ determination and at the same time, facilitated participants to development their own photography style through photo field trips.
This program’s initial planning was to take on a longer period approach; we wish to establish an interdisciplinary photography program which creates profound impact on participants, instead of hosting short-term experiential activities. Participants were able to learn from local photography history, photography aesthetics, and local community and history. The various aspects incorporated in the workshop allowed them think beyond the level of skills and crafts of photography and start to consider the body perception and local significance in producing images. Our goal is to create more meanings for photography; it can be a kind of reinterpretation and translation to local culture and history.
In the aspect of field study and local history investigation, we are very grateful for the support from Tainan Community University, Xin-ying Community University, and Yong-kang Community University. Through their solid field experience and knowledge of the local community, participants got to appreciate Tainan and all its hidden stories.