The exhibition "Contrasting World Heritage – Photography by Zhou Jian Sheng", organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, will kick-off today (July 15) at 3pm in the Fortress Corridor. "World Heritage Tour – Illustrated Talk by Zhou Jian Sheng" will be held afterwards at 4pm in Macao Museum. The photographer will share with the audience his photographing experiences in 77 different countries covering five continents.
Sixty photographs will be exhibited in the "Contrasting World Heritage – Photography by Zhou Jian Sheng." Through his photographs, Zhou displays brilliant World Heritage sites in different countries. His photographs conceal a power that draws and attracts every soul.
Zhou Jian Sheng will also host the "World Heritage Tour – Illustrated Talk by Zhou Jian Sheng" at 4pm in Macao Museum's Auditorium. The talk will be given in Mandarin. Zhou will share with the spectators the "formulas" he invented for taking the slides and its process. In order to take good pictures of World Heritage sites, Zhou Jian Sheng went to the Artic Circle in the north, the Cape of Good Hope in the south and the Easter Island in the east. He even encountered life-or-death situations in an attempt to reach one of the sites.
Zhou Jian Sheng is currently a contract photographer with the PPS News Agency and World Culture Photo Service. In 1994, he started his ambitious plan to explore the world and its heritage. In ten year's time, he had to renew his passport for seven times to visiting 77 countries, ranging across five continents. The total distance he covered equals to 30 circuits of the earth. When Zhou began photographing the sites, there were only 420 World Heritage sites inscribed on UNESCO's list. Now, the figure has risen to over 800. Therefore, Zhou Jian Sheng will have more places to visit. He wants more people to understand the soil and races other than their own, and to treasure this heritage of the world.