The films of Mark Lee Ping-Bing, one of the world’s foremost cinematographers, will be featured by the Museum of Modern Art in “Luminosity: The Art of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing,” from June 16 to June 30. The program will include screenings of films including The Assassin, Flowers of Shanghai and In The Mood for Love. The filmmaker will also be on hand for several events.
From MoMA: In a career spanning more than three decades, Lee’s exquisite presentation of light, shadow, color, graceful camera movement and arresting compositions bring to the forefront cinematography’s central role in the creation of motion pictures. Lee is a master of filming in natural- and low-light conditions, revealing dense, lustrous layers of light and darkness that provide incredible depth and space. Each frame allows viewers to immerse themselves in rich visual landscapes, whether naturalistic or highly stylized. In films such as Flowers of Shanghai (1998), In the Mood for Love (2000), Springtime in a Small Town (2002), and The Assassin (2015), Lee’s seductive, observant long takes mark subtle emotional transformations and inject distinctive rhythmic shifts. He has shot primarily on film throughout his career, and remains among a small number of cinematographers who continue to use this medium today. The exhibition is organized by La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film.
An essential partner to the directors he works with, Lee is best known for his longtime collaboration with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In the 10 award-winning features they’ve made together, the duo has defined a vision for Taiwan New Cinema realism. Lee has also collaborated with such celebrated filmmakers as Wong Kar Wai, Tran Anh Hung, Tian Zhuangzhuang, and Ann Hui, and his work has won him numerous international honors, most recently a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2016 Berlinale, for Crosscurrent. For this first American retrospective of Lee’s work, MoMA presents a diverse group of films from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Japan, and France. See moma.org for full schedule.