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March 25, 1997

Vibrant Photography of Peter Yung Featured at Hong Kong Art Centre

Hong Kong -- The work of Peter Yung Wai-chuen, a Hong Kong-based photo-journalist and film director, is to show at 4/F Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre from April 9th to 14th.

"Crossroads: Hong Kong . Chinese Turkestan . Angkor , photographs by Peter Yung Wai-Chuen" is divided into three parts:

The first part, Hong Kong , is a collection of black and white photos of the last train to leave the Kowloon-Canton railway station in Hong Kong before it closed in 1975. The collection has been called " a poetic memorial to a greatly loved monument."

Chinese Turkestan, is the second part which showcases colour photographs from the artist's latest book, Bazaars of Chinese Turkestan. The exhibition features colour images of rural life in this remote part of Central Asia.

The last part of the exhibition, Angkor, is from another Yung's book. Angkor in Ancient Chinese Annals, which is a summing-up of the artist's passions for the ruins of Angkor after his several trips there duing the past five years.

Peter Yung Wai-chuen was born in Hong Kong in 1949. He attended the Los Angeles Art Centre College of Design where he studied fine art and film and was a student of cinematography under noted film-maker James Wong Howe.

After graduation, Peter Yung spend a year in Europe then returned to Hong Kong where he lectured on photography and film for several years. During this time he began producing documentaries and later full-length films. His work covers such topics as youth in Hong Kong, warlords in the Golden Triangle and Chinese archaeology. For six months he was on location in Burma and Thailand shooting a documentary on jade smuggling which was never produced because of politics within Burma.

His films have been shown at film festivals in Hong Kong, India, Manila, Berlin and Los Angeles. He was nominated for six Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The exhibition will be open to public from April 9 - 13, 1997, 10 am to 8pm daily, and on the closing day, April 14, 10 am to 6pm at 4/F Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Art Beatus, with galleries in Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong, focuses on international contemporary Chinese art. The Hong Kong gallery is at 17/F Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong.

For further information, please contact:

Canada: tel: (1) 604.688.2633, fax: (1) 604.688.2685