Picturing Asia: Double Take – The Photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry


To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Asia Society, the Hong Kong Center is proud to present Picturing Asia: Double Take – The Photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry, the first exhibition in Hong Kong to feature the works of two most eminent master photographers – Brian Brake (1927 - 1988) and Steve McCurry (1950 - ). Asia Society was established by John D. Rockefeller III in 1956, a few years before New Zealand-born Brake became the only Western photographer allowed in the People’s Republic of China to document its 10th anniversary. His extensive body of work has inspired many spectators and next-generation journalists alike, including the internationally-acclaimed McCurry, who is best known for his iconic image of the Afghan refugee girl Sharbat Gula.

Picturing Asia: Double Take sheds light on Brake and McCurry’s common passion in capturing the many facets of Asia. In 1961, when an 11-year-old McCurry saw Brake’s celebrated photo essay of the Indian monsoon, a flame was kindled which eventually compelled him to document the same enigmatic climatic phenomenon twenty years later. Their monsoon photographs form a dialogue from which this exhibition starts. Showcasing over 90 works, the exhibition traces Brake and McCurry’s efforts in giving the West glimpses of the East – of China, Japan, India, and beyond. “Picturing” in the title proposes a double meaning – of taking a picture, and of imagining one.

Picturing Asia: Double Take is supported by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Te Papa gratefully acknowledges the gift of the Brian Brake Collection by Wai-man Lau.

The exhibition is curated by Ian Wedde, a New Zealand curator and art critic who was the Head of Art and Visual Culture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, from 1994 to 2004. Ashley Nga-sai Wu and Kristy Kwan-yi Soo of Asia Society Hong Kong Center are the Assistant Curators.



About the Exhibition

Exhibition Period: September 10, 2016 - January 7, 2017

Exhibition Venue:
Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Last Thursday of each month: 11am - 8pm
Closed on Mondays.

Please note our holiday hours:
Jan. 1, 2017: Open (11am - 6pm)
Jan. 2, 2017: Closed 

Last Admission: 30 minutes before closing

Admission Fee:

Other Engagements:
Picturing Asia: Double Take will travel to Auckland, New Zealand for a limited engagement from February 25 to May 21, 2017. Please visit the Auckland Arts Festival website for details.

Gallery Guided Tours

Saturday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)

Sunday | 2:30pm (In English) | 3:30pm (In Cantonese)

Last Thursday of each month | 7:00pm (In English)

Gallery tours are open to the public. No registration is required.  

Special Annoucement:
we apologize but due to unforseen circumstances the English and Cantonese tours on Jan. 7 have been canceled. 

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