jing. Depicting workers on their way to jobs at 6:30 a.m., the photo shows slanting sunlight bathing the cyclists in a soft, almost otherworldly glow suggesting peace and calm. One also senses the photographer's strong affection for this scene she encountered on her and her husband's early-morning walks in Beijing, and her painstaking effort to gracefully frame and capture the essence of the bicyclists.
It's the favorite photo of exhibit curator Katherine Derosier, who calls it "the quintessential snapshot of China and its bicycle culture. . . . In this image I think you can see [Morath's] connection to this culture . . . China through her eyes."
The exhibition is planned for January 12 through March 23.
[Review published January 2008]