The Bones of Chuang Tzu
The Bones of Chuang Tzu, Andy Summers’ stunning images capturing a rapidly disappearing culture, coming to MiamiPhotoFest 2019
“I found myself no longer capturing everything that confronted me, but rather slicing out pieces of my environment that would express something other,The Bones of Chuang Tzu reflects what happened.” – Andy Summers
MiamiPhotoFest presents Andy Summers’ The Bones of Chuang Tzu. Influenced in his early years by the writings of fourth century poet-philosopher of the wandering life Chuang Tzu, Summers stunning black and white images capture Chinese culture, one thats rapidly disappearing.
The Bones of Chuang Tzu brings together a series of images that reveal abstract details that reference the sights and sounds that Summers experienced as a wanderer through parts of this ancient land. These images capture the connection between his career in music and his influence in photography.
“The qualities I am looking for are musical. That is the condition. You think of music in terms of harmony, line, shape, volume, quietness, dynamics… I think all of those terms can be translated into photography.” – Andy Summers
The Bones of Chuang Tzu - will be on display at MiamiPhotoFest 2019 - Feb 27th - Mar 3rd.
Andy Summers rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the guitarist of the legendary award-winning, multi-million-selling rock band The Police, recognized as the most successful and critically acclaimed group of the era in any genre.
He has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career with contemporary instrumental music that, like his work with Sting and Stewart Copeland, draws on his love of jazz, world, classical music, and his fascination with creating sonic textures. His post-Police years have produced more than two dozen solo albums, soundtracks, and collaborations, plus hundreds of international concerts, and induction to both the Guitar Player Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, multiple GRAMMY Awards and the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the government of France, and dozens of other accolades.
Summer’s first began photographing in the late 1970’s and has continued to pursue the medium ever since. Summers’s parallel passion for photography has led him to document subjects ranging from rural communities throughout Southeast Asia to timeless noir-style street scenes in cities around the world. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Paris and London to name a few, and his books include Throb (1983), the Ralph Gibson collaboration Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar (2004), the memoir One Train Later (2006) and I’ll be Watching You: INSIDE THE POLICE 1980-83 (2009)