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From The Datong To Dali Trail: A Photographer's Tour of China

An Exhibition in Black and White At Farmingdale State College

Greg Tsontakis-Mally is an artist and photographer who has exhibited widely at colleges, galleries, and small museums, been an artist-in-residence in China and the US, and taught art and photography in public schools and colleges for over 30 years. Starting in mid-July, the Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College will be featuring an exhibition of his work from three extended trips to China over the past six years, including portraits and landscapes from China's "Datong to Dali Trail."

"China has a very deep and rich heritage," says Tsontakis-Mally, "that extends nearly 7,000 years and is becoming more mindful of preserving the past. It is truly a photographer's dream and I find China visually arresting and riveting." Tsontakis-Mally found two themes emerging from his work in China: "The fragility of the past and portraits." Both themes are beautifully highlighted in Farmingdale's exhibition.

Tsontakis-Mally uses a large format, wooden field camera built for him by Ron Wisner in 2000, with one lens, a Schneider 210 mm; and he prints all the photographs himself in small editions of four final prints. "I also brought along a point and shoot digital camera that I would use like a sketchbook and I would break out the big camera when I thought the range of lights and darks and the richness of textural detail would warrant it."

The Artist Reception will be held Saturday, July 20 from 7 – 9 pm at Memorial Gallery in Hale Hall on the campus of Farmingdale State College. The exhibition opens Monday, July 15 and will run through Friday, August 9, 2013.

Tsontakis-Mally taught for 17 years at Stony Brook University in the Graduate School of Social Science in the School of Professional Development and is currently teaching in the Hutton House lecture series at C. W. Post Center of Long Island University. His greatest influence in photography was Kenro Izu who is known for his platinum/palladium prints of Cambodia's Angkor Wat.  For more information about Tsontakis-Mally's life and work, visit his website at tsontakis-mallystudios.com.