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Hanlon Chosen to Participate in Exchange Program in China

July 01, 2014

Yellow Mountains  
David Hanlon photographed many sights during his photography exchange trip to China, including the Yellow Mountains.

A St. Louis Community College photography professor recently took part in an  exchange trip to China. 

David Hanlon, who teaches at the college’s Meramec campus, was one of 10 St. Louis photographers invited by the Nanjing Photographic Association (NPA), in association with the Sister Cities exchange program, to participate in the trip, which took place May 21-31. The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF), located in St. Louis, sponsored the trip. Financial support came from the PNC Foundation and Emerson.

“I was honored to be chosen as a participant in the trip, and found it to be a great experience and opportunity to connect with photographers and educators in another part of the world,” Hanlon said. “The Chinese people are very interested in photography as an expressive and communicative tool, so it was great to be able to learn more about their approaches.”

Hanlon and the St. Louis contingency attended the eighth Xuanwu Photography Forum, where the IPHF and the NPA signed an exchange agreement. The group exhibited photographs in the Nanjing Hall of Science and spent several days photographing the city with NPA members, as well as photographing historic areas of Beijing and villages in the central region of China.

The cultural minister of the Jiangsu Province met with the group, discussing the benefits of participating in the Sister Cities exchange. Members also met with representatives of Communications University of China to discuss inviting St. Louis faculty to visit and present at the Nanjing campus.

“During the visit, I learned much about the pace of life and the modern growth of China,” Hanlon said. “Seeing work by a number of notable photographers also gave me a sense of their direction and interests in the visual arts, and ideas about their current interests in using photography were brought out in discussions.”

Hanlon and the group also toured and photographed the Nanjing Botanical Garden. Many of these photographs will be on display in an exhibition at the Missouri Botanical Garden, scheduled for May 2015.