The Emperor’s River: Photographing Along China’s Grand Canal

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Young Men, Red Pavilion, Yanliuqing, Tianjin City, China (PRC), 2010 © Courtesy of the Artist and Scott Nichols Gallery
The Emperor’s River: Photographing Along China’s Grand Canal

49 Geary St.
Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
September 8th, 2011 - October 29th, 2011
Opening: September 10th, 2011 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Sat 11-5:30


Scott Nichols Gallery is pleased to present Philipp Scholz Rittermann, The Emperor's River: Photographing Along China's Grand Canal. The exhibition will run from September 8 through November 3, 2011. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, September 10 from 2 to 5pm. In addition, Rittermann will discuss this work at PhotoAlliance at the San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, Friday, September 9, 7:30pm

In 2009, Philipp Scholz Rittermann travelled to China to photograph the country's development along the Grand Canal, the world's oldest and longest man-made canal. Over 2000 years old, the canal runs more than 1000 miles connecting Beijing in the north and Hangzhou in the south.

Rittermann documents the human, industrial and natural landscapes of this rapidly developing country. The photographs take you down the canal contrasting the rural terrain and growing urbanization; uninhabited skyscrapers tower over village markets, coal towers dominate relaxing evening views and young men in modern attire pose before ancient statues. These large-scale high resolution panoramic images have been described as visual poetry. 
Rittermann's photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of numerous museum collections. His work has been published in many books and magazines. Rittermann has been teaching and lecturing for over twenty-five years in the USA and abroad. In 2001, the Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego organized a mid-career survey,  Navigating by Light;  the exhibition was accompanied by a monograph of Rittermann’s work. Most recently Emperor's River was exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.