A Letter to Su Wanqin

尋找蘇萬欽 A Letter to Su Wanqin
相紙 Photography

This work based on a special tradition in the history of photography in Taiwan. The photo in A Letter to Su Wanqin originally was the souvenir photo of Chen Wanyin’s grandfather. This is a kind of technology popular in the 1970s. People can choose the pictures that have already been painted in the photo studio and then synthesize the photo by clipping figure’s headshot. Due to the production method, the same body and background will appear in different families’ souvenir photos. “Su Wanqin” is the first same souvenir photo from Internet. Mr. Su Wanqin, 103 years old now, is a witness of Taiwan history who participated the war in China as a Japanese soldier when he was young and now is the oldest Nationalist Party member alive. I found the history memory from the beginning of family photo of Chen Wanyin. I copied the letter written by Chen Wanyin to Su Wanqin and showed it with the souvenir photo without figure’s headshot.

Later on, Chen Wanyin got a letter in reply from the son of Su Wanqin. The son wrote on his father’s behalf to expose the condition of the old man’s late life. They built a relationship as short-term pen pals.

〈尋找蘇萬欽〉是與陳琬尹共同合作的創作,靈感來自於台灣攝影史中一個很特別的案例。這種紀念照片是70年代流行的技術,可在照相館挑選已繪製好的複製畫,再將人物的大頭照剪貼上去。相片沖洗店、文具店都能買的到這樣的複製畫,因此在不同家庭裡,可能有著一模一樣的身體與背景的寫真照。

我們從陳琬尹的祖父紀念照開始尋找,而「蘇萬欽」是我們在網路上第一個找到、相同紀念照的提供者。蘇萬欽先生已經103歲,可說是一位見證台灣史的人物,從早期以日本兵身分到中國參與軍事行動,現在則是還在世的、最老的國民黨黨員…從祖父照片搜索,最終卻尋找到了蘇萬欽這一位人物。陳琬尹寫了一封信寄給蘇萬欽先生,並複製了一份展示出來。

後來蘇萬欽先生的兒子,因其父身體不適,代筆回信給陳琬尹,與她成為了極短暫的筆友。




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