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For the past nine years Jo Farrell has been photographing some of the last remaining women with bound feet in China. She has interviewed all these women about their foot binding and their lives during the Cultural Revolution and the great famine in China. The photographs are all fine art pieces, captured on black and white film and printed as silver gelatin prints. Jo has just published a new book illustrated with photos and stories from 50 of these women. The majority are between the ages of 80 and 100 years old and are from Shandong and Yunnan Provinces. These women come from peasant backgrounds and have lived incredible lives working in the fields despite their bound feet Jo’s work looks beyond their feet and captures a piece of history for generations to come. You can view her website at www.livinghistory.photography.
About the Speaker - Jo Farrell is an award-winning black and white photographer and cultural anthropologist. Born in London, England she has been based in Hong Kong for the past seven years. Her photography work focuses on traditions and cultures that are dying out, including the project “Living History: Bound Feet Women of China.” Jo uses black and white film and shoots on Hassleblad. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work on bound feet including a Jacob RiisAward, Black & White Spider Award, Center for Fine Art Photography and Women In Photography International winner juried by Mary Ellen Mark.She has recentlyspoken at TEDxWarwick and will be at TEDxWanchai in HK on 31 May. Jo has done live television interviews on CNN and the BBC News (Insight) in the pastyear and has been a guest speaker on Monocole Radio and RTHK Radio 3. Asia House will be running a cash bar
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