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Write about Asia — Focus on Asia: Photography Past and Present



Focus on Asia: Photography Past and Present explored how photography in Asia encompasses memory and identity; distance and intimacy; reportage, advocacy, and aesthetics (description taken from the Gardner Center website).


Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., from September 26 to November 21, 2015
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park

Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop with Mary Barber Roberts from 11:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in the art galleries in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvened to share working drafts. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.


Mary Barber Roberts


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for each workshop. Educators earned up to 36 clock hours by attending all of the workshop sessions. The workshop was open to all current K-12 teachers but each session was limited to 15 participants.


This workshop series was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. *Additional support for the starred lectures came from the South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Center.

Lecture topics

Sept 26
Photography in China: The First Fifty Years

*Oct 3
Is There an Indian Way of Photography?

*Oct 10
Landscapes of the Imagination: Photography and the Making of Modern Indonesia

Oct 17
Humanitarian Photography and Japan’s Atomic Pain: The Ethical Vision of Morizumi Takashi from Iraq to Fukushima

Oct 24
‘Savages’ on Paper: 19th Century Portraits of Taiwanese Aborigines

Oct 31
Dreams Come True, Almost

Nov 7
Recent Video Art from China and Korea: Ways of Folding Space and Time

*Nov 14
A Tale of Two Mediums: Paint and Photography in India

Nov 21
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979