China (PRC)


We are delighted to announce that The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, is hosting the upcoming photo exhibition: “Track of Time – Moments of Transition, Beijing 1986” by Patrick Dransfield which will open on Thursday October 1 and runs until October 31, 2020.

According to Dransfield, the nineteen images comprising ‘Track of Time’ have never been seen publicly before and have languished in his sock drawer, tightly rolled in the original tissue paper from the Wangfujing dark room from which they first emerged back in 1986. These black and white pictures sublimely capture daily life and were captured during a forty kilometre round trip daily commute by bicycle through Beijing’s Ming Dynasty Hutongs.  The exhibition captures a time and an optimistic zeitgeist now lost: “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Each print is sold on a first come first served basis, and is produced by hand by Danny Chao of Chao Digital on museum quality Hahnemuhle paper and each signed and professionally framed image is unique, incorporating hand-written and chopped descriptions by the artist. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute, located in Portland, Oregon (

Dransfield says: “The photograph “Datong Boys, Summer ‘86” (above) epitomises this exhibition for me and expresses a moment of liminality. Taken from across the desolate basin of the Shi Li river directly facing the Yungang Buddhist caves, the boys stand between child and adulthood. In 1986, China was also at a liminal moment. For those endless-seeming four months I took image after image, roll after roll of 120 film with my trusty Seagull camera and thus creating an archive of over 700 images of a time now long gone.” – Patrick Dransfield, 28th September, 2020.

For more information please contact: Patrick Dransfield at:
Mobile: 9887 0943 / Email: OR

Joanne Chung, Board Executive Secretary, FCC:
Tel: 2844 2830/ Email:

Patrick Dransfield is a co-founder of In-House Community, a long-term resident of Hong Kong SAR, an MA graduate of Chinese History, Politics and Anthropology (SOAS) and a member of the FCC. This is Patrick’s fourth photographic exhibition: the exhibition ‘Elemental Hong Kong ‘is also currently on display at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Exchange Square, Hong Kong.

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