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August 12, 2006

Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing press conference. (from left) Zhu Yan (artist), Li Bo (organizer), Sheng Hong Qin (Deputy CEO of China HP), Lei Gao (organizer), Li Mei (Chinese Reviewer).

A team of Chinese photographers, editors, curators and businessmen who came to Houston to see FOTOFEST2006 has asked FotoFest to collaborate with them to take FotoFestís Biennial Meeting Place portfolio review program to China.

Their mission is to inform serious Chinese photographers, both creative art photographers and documentary photographers, about organizations and opportunities for photographic artists in different parts of the world. In the past three months, they have found sponsors and funds in China to launch the Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006. On July 24, 2006 they held the press conference in Beijing to announce the event. The organizers in China are Hewlett Packard China, Lei Gao, founder of Q-Image Lab, Jimmy Chu, curator and director of Q-Image Lab, and Shushi Si, editor and curator. FotoFest International is the organizer overseas. Hewlett Packard is the chief sponsor, with additional support by Leica and China Photography magazine.

News of the event is being carried across China by 200 newspapers and magazines as well as more than 50 websites. International curators, editors, educators and publishers are being invited by FotoFest. The Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006 takes place October 23-27, 2006. More details are to be published in the coming months.