National Art Museum unveils photos taken by Lu Xun's son
Updated 20:57, 04-Mar-2019

A photo exhibition commemorating the 90th birth anniversary of Zhou Haiying, the son of famous 20th-century Chinese writer Lu Xun, opened at the National Art Museum of China Saturday.

The exhibition, titled "Moments of Memory," for the first time revealed to the public over 100 photos taken by Zhou.

Their content included life in Shanghai during the 1940s – in particular, photos concerning middle-class families and lanes – as well as lives in Beijing during the 1950s.

Zhou was born in September 1929 in Shanghai and studied in the physics department of Peking University in the 1950s. He was an expert in radio communication.

His father Lu Xun, who died in 1936, was among the leading Chinese writers who helped kick Chinese literature into the modern era with novels such as "The True Story of Ah Q" and "A Madman's Diary."

"The sensitivity and vigor of Zhou's photos reflect the social ecology and living environment of people from an era," said Chen Xiaobo, curator of the exhibition.

Among Zhou Haiying's tens of thousands of negatives are some very private images of his family. His eldest son, Zhou Lingfei, on behalf of Lu Xun's family, donated the photographic works and documents to the National Art Museum.

"My father's photographic works have toured the country 14 times since 2008. But today for the first time they are displayed at the national art museum. I'm glad and honored by this. It means that the works' artistic and historical value has been confirmed by experts. It proves that my father has lived up to his own father, Lu Xun's, commitment to 'be a man of deeds'," said Zhou Lingfei.

The exhibition, organized jointly by the National Art Museum of China and Lu Xun Culture Foundation, will last until March 17.

(With inputs from Xinhua News Agency. Sun Wei and Yang Ran also contributed to this article.)