Photo exhibition sheds light on profound changes in Asia

Visitors admire photos at the opening ceremony of Transforming Asia – Working Together for a Shared Future at the Kota Kasablanka Mall in Jakarta on Wednesday. Edmond Tang/China Daily

More than 1,200 photographs by photographers from 36 countries and regions capture the daily lives and profound changes of people across Asia over the past three years. Of these, more than 100 are on display in Jakarta, telling stories of Asian resilience and adaptation that are shaping a vibrant continent.

Organized jointly by China Daily, a regional news alliance of 22 media outlets, and Asia News Network, a photo exhibition titled Changing Asia – Working Together for a Shared Future opened Wednesday at a stylish shopping mall in the southern part of the Indonesian capital.

The five-day event, which runs until Sunday, features 111 selected photographs. The photographs depict moments from significant events to ordinary life, giving viewers a diverse perspective on Asia’s transformation.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, China Daily Asia Pacific Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Zhou Li said the exhibition provides a platform to shine a light on exceptional photographers from all corners of Asia, praising their talents and the stories they weave. Lenses.

„This is not just an exhibition, but a testament to the expansion and influence of our initiative,” Zhou said. „It’s a visual narrative of our shared journey, emphasizing the courage and resilience of our people in the midst of global adversity.”

As leaders and representatives of more than 140 countries are gathering in Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Zhou Kan, Acting Minister and Minister of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, said the exhibition opened on a very important day.

He highlighted the start of commercial operations of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway on Tuesday, saying it was „the most important fruit of bilateral cooperation between China and Indonesia and reflects the high level of cooperation between the two sides.”

Strength of growth

Daniel Johan, member of the Indonesian House of Representatives, praised China’s role in the development of Asia and said that China is a strong force for the development of Asia in the future.

Hugo Dipa, CEO of Indonesian media company Kumbaran, said the exhibition promotes the power of photography and tells the story of a changing Asia, cultural diversity and society.

That is why this event is so special and so special,” he said.

The photography exhibition has also been a huge hit with the visitors.

Suthadi Ng was fascinated by the photograph of a dying bird in a lake.

„This photo creates awareness in society that we should live together with animals,” said Ng. „It’s like giving us an insight.”

Leonardus Zeko contributed to this story.

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