‘Connection’ exhibition report – and finally, a book – available to order now!

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One big bit of news today: I finally have a book out, at an affordable price, for a good cause! Following on from the Connection exhibition with Chun Wo Development earlier this month at the Hong Kong Arts Center, we’ve also produced a book containing all the images from the exhibition. Like the print sales and corporate sponsorships from the exhibition itself, all proceeds will go to the Lifewire and Construction Workers’ Association Fund charities; we managed to raise over HK$1.8 million net so far. The former is probably one of the first crowdfunding platforms for providing healthcare to the underprivileged, and the latter is for the families of construction workers injured on the job. Click through for the ordering link and images from the exhibition.

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The book is softcover but in a hard presentation box and approximately 120 pages in length and hand signed on the cover. We have one print run of 500 copies, more than half of which were sold during the exhibition. It is my pleasure to offer the remaining series to my readers. We have also made the price as reasonable as possible: US$65 for the book plus $15 for shipping anywhere in the world, with all proceeds split equally between Lifewire and the CWA. This is only possible because production has been partially sponsored by Fuji Xerox Hong Kong. Shipping and fulfilment will be handled directly out of Hong Kong by Chun Wo Construction & Engineering on behalf of the charities. It’s a win-win for both those who’ve asked for a book and the causes. The ordering link will be open for two weeks and we will ship shortly thereafter. Orders have now closed, though there may be a few still available via Ida Chan.

In addition, selected prints from the exhibition are available in signed and certificated editions of 3. They are 36×24″ on canvas using the same hardware as the Ultraprints (but obviously not Ultraprints in the traditional sense) and produced by myself and Wesley Wong at Giclee Art. We have sold more than 60 already and there are a few left. If you would like more information on what is still available, please contact Ida Chan at Chun Wo directly. Thank you for your support!

Now for a quick tour of the gallery – it’s a rather large (my guess, 15-20,000sqft) space. Our 36×24″ canvases were perhaps on the small side – and there were over a hundred of them! The images are the product of more than a year of work and ~25 shooting days. The exhibition was divided into four sections to use the space as much as possible to create a sense of progression – for those in construction, the aim was to showcase their work and present something different. For the public, the purpose was education – to show the story and work behind those things (buildings, infrastructure, etc) we take for granted on a daily basis. You enter through the ‘people’ gallery, which celebrates and showcases the small but specialised and important tasks that mostly go unseen and unappreciated. The second gallery is both a display of scale and context – the larger projects and developments can only really be appreciated from the air as there is simply no way to get a sense of scale from ground level. Moreover, it is a historical documentary of sorts – once the projects are complete, few will remember what was there before or work done. The third gallery is a change of pace and my personal favourite – it isolates and abstracts individual elements to form and color and looks for beauty in both the tools and the completed results by eliminating the distractions. We finish with a ‘formal’ architecture gallery of the world we know and love – the shiny, new completed product. Touring the exhibition in this order thus presents a view from the unfamiliar to the familiar, to create a new appreciation of our built environment – construction is really about creating a means to connecting people, not just physical/mechanical elements of structures. Finally, a huge thank you must go to Derrick Pang, the team at Chun Wo, K Production and all of the sponsors for making this possible!

Enjoy! MT

 

Finally – a message from the client:

Dear all supporters,

Thank you very much for your kind support on the purchase of Photo Album for “CONNECTION Charitable Photo Exhibition”.

A confirmation email will be sent to you by us separately if the online order is successfully received. The photo album will be delivered by the end of July to the delivery address.

Should you have any queries or need our further assistance, please kindly contact us at cwcc@chunwo.com.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,
Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited
Website: http://www.chunwo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChunWoGroup

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Building a better future with trust and commitment

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Entrance, with a special contribution of 12 images from Chun Wo Deputy Chairman (and site reader and avid photographer) Derrick Pang

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Comments

  1. Dear all supporters,

    All photo albums have been delivered by today. Please let us know if you do not receive it within next 7 days.
    Should you have any queries or need our further assistance, please kindly contact us at cwcc@chunwo.com.

    Thank you.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited
    Website: http://www.chunwo.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChunWoGroup

    承諾互信,共建未來
    Building a better future with trust and commitment

  2. DELIVERED!

    Just got my copy.
    London, U.K.

  3. Mike Stewart says:

    My copy arrived yesterday and I love it… all of the photos are truly exceptional as always. Print quality is excellent imo and the postcards are a nice touch as well. Bravo Ming!

    • Mine arrived yesterday too, but unfortunately I haven’t found the time to really sit down with it. Maybe tonight with a good glass of whisky or rum. 🙂

      • Ironically mine also arrived yesterday but only was able to collect from DHL today however the book is spectacular (also may I add I never received the tracking number so it was a pleasant surprise when I got the call). I haven’t really had a chance to go through it but from what I did see its truly an amazing collection and the postcards are a great touch (not sure I will ever think of wanting to part with them). Thank you so much for your sharing your work in this personal medium and hope to see another book soon 🙂

    • Thanks Mike!

  4. Dear all supporters,

    Thank you very much for your kind support on the purchase of Photo Album for “CONNECTION Charitable Photo Exhibition”.

    A confirmation email will be sent to you by us separately if the online order is successfully received. The photo album will be delivered by the end of July to the delivery address.

    Should you have any queries or need our further assistance, please kindly contact us at cwcc@chunwo.com.

    Thank you.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited
    Website: http://www.chunwo.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChunWoGroup

    承諾互信,共建未來
    Building a better future with trust and commitment

  5. Just received order confirmation from Chun Wo that the book will be delivered to my home address by the end of July. Can’t wait to see your work on hard copy! 🙂

    Glad to hear the exhibition was a success, hopefully there are many more to come!

  6. This looks outstanding! I must admit that although I have read this site from the beginning, I have yet to purchase anything and this book will be my first. About to pull the trigger on some workshop videos and saving for an ultraprint someday though… Thank you so much for all your images and words Ming. They inspire me every day, and I’m sure this book will as well.

  7. Ordered the book via Paypal! I wish it doesn’t take too long to get to Andorra.
    Thank yoy Ming for your effort and dedication.

  8. Tom Chan says:

    I am glad to meet you in the exhibition.

    The pretty lady told me that Ming was over there!

    Thank you for signing on the plastic folder as well.

    Hope to see you again in Hong Kong in coming future.

    Visanna and Tom

  9. John Weeks says:

    Ming,
    My last few weeks have been pretty hectic. Just getting a chance to catch up on your blogs. Congrats on the exhibition. I just ordered the book. So glad there was some left. Finally have an official “Ming”. It took my order so I hope that means there are still some left.
    Will be on a living room table display.

  10. Congratulations. I wish I could be there.

  11. Lorenz Flückiger and Nicolas Widmer says:

    We are so happy you found a way to finally produce a book! It’s delivery well be x-mas in summertime!
    Please consider to produce more in that direction or a textbook on (high level) photography!
    Kindest regards!

  12. Pham Xuan Tung says:

    Great news. Finally, I can get an original book with signature from you.

  13. Congrats Ming Thein! Wish I was there…
    I tried to buy through paypal using mobile or pc but somehow it was not accepted. I even registered an account with Paypal just for this but it seems that I need to transfer funds to Paypal first. That takes a few days 😦 Only from Singapore I guess.
    Buyers from other countries can just pay with their credit cards it seems. Any way around this?

    • Try using it as an anonymous user without logging in or an account (you may need to clear history first) – you should just be able to use a credit card even in Singapore.

      • Yes, I cleared the browser history and tried using my friend’s credit card and another e mail address but it still won’t go through. Bad luck I guess. Anyway I hope I have the opportunity to attend one of your courses soon. Please let me know if there are other avenues to purchase the book. Thanks.

  14. Michael Matthews says:

    Thanks for sharing the views of your exhibit. That is truly an impressive show, unlike that for any photographer’s work I’ve ever seen. The scale is immense and the result, for the two charities, impressive. I hope this means your work is established in the minds of those bidders as being of high value. Somewhat similar events in the U.S., annual wine auctions in Napa and Sonoma counties in California, churn up millions of dollars for worthy causes, while at the same time bolstering the reputations of of the wineries which participate. They often turn into bidding wars among people with entirely too much money trying to best one another for bragging rights — but the amazing sums bid for cases of wine enhance the perception of value attached to the brand names. Let us hope this turns into a vintage year for Ming Thein.

  15. Lucy March says:

    Looks like you had a great venue for your well deserved exhibit, Ming. I’ve ordered a copy of the book; we American are indeed time zone laggards but, on the plus side, we do wake up ready to shop! May this be the first of many books.

  16. Just ordered the book via PayPal. Hope it doesn’t take too long to get to the U.S. Can’t wait!

  17. Leonard Hobbs says:

    Congrats MIng – just ordered.

  18. Ming, congratulations with the exhibition, that’s a great achievement! And what a noble cause, particularly during this month.

    Ordered the book, can’t wait to see it!

  19. Thomas Glaser says:

    Wow Ming, that is amazing! Just placed my order. I wonder what else you have up your sleeve that we don’t know about 🙂

  20. well done sir!

  21. It looks like a really cool galerie, I love the orange. And boy it looks huge, so many images!
    Why did you go for canvas?

    • 20,000 sqft and about 110 canvases. Smallest 36″, largest 90″. Canvas for ease of handling and framing costs – plus at that size, it looks better especially since there aren’t any reflections from glass.

  22. Great pricing, I am getting one.

  23. Good day Ming,

    I would like to place an order but wanted to know how it would be delivered? (what courier, if there is tracking etc)

    • Not sure – suggest you email Ida Chan to find out…

      • Thanks will do

      • Just placed my oder hope I also made it on time. My first ‘coffee table’ (photography) book I have ever bought and looking forward to the experience.

        • Thanks!

          • Hi Ming just curious I got confirmation of the PayPal payment (receipt) as its reflecting on the PayPal account. When do we expect communication of the item being sent etc. Unfortunately I never got a reply from your partners but didn’t want to lose the opportunity of securing a book. I just wanted to know if there is any sort of confirmation or communication that is sent from Chun Wo with the orders? – I apologise for the inconvenience.

            • If it accepted payment it should be fine. I honestly have no idea what’s happening on that end as I’m not involved with the sale – may I suggest you email Ida Chan (email in the post) to check?

              • I actually did – initially when wondering about the courier/tracking as that will be critical for me – but never got a reply from them. I’ll follow up and see. Thanks.

                • Hi Ming. All I can say is I really hope there’s a way I’ll know when the book arrives this side – we have a tedious process here where anything coming over blind can be a problem – I look forward to the book. However I must admit its unfortunate the sales side of this process isn’t as communicative (no response) but I don’t see this as a reflection of your efforts. I will be looking at pulling the trigger on some workshops within the year. Thanks for an amazing blog and all your lovely work.

  24. erikjohansson says:

    Love your choice of charities, instant order.

  25. Luis Fornero says:

    I’m happy for you Ming, I’d like to go but it is so far away, next time do it in Madrid ok ? 🙂

  26. A fantastic achievement on many fronts Ming – getting the whole exhibition organised in the time frame available to you as well as the money raised for charity (btw, your Lifewire link is broken).

    Book ordered and looking forward to it 🙂

  27. Congratulations Ming. Such a great success could maybe be repeated. It’s anyhow amazing what you and Wesley and all others involved have done. It is such things that makes a difference.

  28. Hi Ming! Was trying to order through your link but the transaction kept failing to get through, even after trying various cards from various people, not sure what the issue is here. Might it be the Paypal website experiencing problems? Would there be any other methods I can transfer the funds through? I’m from Singapore btw. Thanks and congrats on your successful exibition!

    • I think it may be paypal. Can I suggest you try with a mobile device instead? Sorry about that!

      • I had a problem with paypal too. If you are registered with paypal, try not logging in and instead continuing as a guest, and using a different email – that worked for me.

  29. Order placed! I feel pity for the US readers that might just wake up too late. Congrats for the fantastic effort, that was surely one assignment that didn’t feel “soul crushing” 🙂

  30. plevyadophy says:

    Just now ordered.

    🙂

  31. William Rounds says:

    I’m on of those who is too far from Asia to see your work in print, and I’ve longed to see it. Computer screens, for me at least, may be the worst way to view a photographer’s work. Book ordered.

  32. Ming, It was wonderful to see you an your works up close and personal. I was moved not just by your works, but also your deep sense of commitment and belief in the underlying causes. Can’t wait to have your photograph up on my wall.

  33. Wonderful job! Congratulations on a successful exhibit and also on raising so much for charity!!! Ordered the book.

  34. Congratulations on the success of the exhibition and the fundraising Ming. I come from a labor family. I will look forward to receiving the book. I am also excited about receiving my first print done by Wesley. Also, good luck on finding your new home for your family.
    Peace
    Greg

  35. Sebastain says:

    Hello Ming,
    what a nice impression of your exhibition, guess it looks even better when you are there. I ordered the book, hopefully it wasnt to late.
    Best regards
    Sebastian

  36. Praneeth Raj Singh says:

    Ordered! Hope I wasn’t too late. The Exhibition Report and Images are great as well! Congrats again!

  37. Amazing work & effort,worth to collect!

  38. May Hing says:

    Amazing work & effort,worth to collect.Thank you Ming!

  39. Pretty damn cool ming!

  40. Ordered! Hope I made it in.

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