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Lee Ka-sing
An album - Mak Siu-Tong and the Cantonese Rod Puppet

album size: 372mm x 261mm, 20 pages (self-cover)
16 photographs in various size
sepia toned fibre-based gelatin silver prints
photographed in 1976-1977, printed in 1977


1976 I had my first solo at Art Promotion gallery, a small exhibition space located at the rear portion of a bookstore. It was run by Yim Yee-King (1933-2018, also known as Ah Chung), a noted political cartoonist. His wife was Taiwanese, and with that connection to the Taiwanese publishing and art scene, the bookstore had a main focus on art. My exhibition was small scale, with a dozen of 8x10 photographs dry-mounted on thick cardboards. None of these photographs now survived, except a piece of hand-made exhibition announcement card that I found among old stuff in the basement. It was printed on fiber-based photographic paper. A photograph that I am too happy to rediscover, a piece of rare artifact reminding me of my early photography activities.

The exhibition titled “a photoessay” was a suite of photographs of the Cantonese Rod Puppets taken in 1976. From 1976 to 1978, Holly and I spent a lot of time following puppet performing groups. Han Wah Nin (name of the Cantonese Rod Puppet group) was one of them. We became close friends of Mak Siu-Tong, the master of the group. At that time we began to work towards photo-journalism, Holly wrote and I photographed. Some articles got published in the ASIA MAGAZINE (affiliate of South China Morning Post), and others in Chinese magazines. These were the early photography activities, before we moved into our first studio at Lan Kwai Fong in 1977.

Photographs in my first solo exhibition were all lost, luckily, I am still keeping a hand-made album folio of that puppet series of work. The album size is 372mm x 261mm, 20 pages, made with thick black watercolour paper. There are 16 photographs, the last four photographs were in fact taken the year after the show, in 1977 at the Lan Kwai Fong studio we just newly moved in. Mak Siu-Tong came up to our place and staged a demonstration. The album was made in the same year. Our studio was so small, only 450 square feet. We had two washrooms, one of which was used as a darkroom, where the photographs were developed, and sepia-toned.

Lee Ka-sing
hand-made announcement card  for an exhibition
222mm x 91mm, fibre-based gelatin silver print (1976)



Issue 1016-2020

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