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  • Earthscape


Chan-fai Cheung with a foreword by Elmar Holenstein and two essays by Jeff Malpas and Kwok-ying Lau

English , 2013/07 Edwin Cheng Foundation Asian Centre for Phenomenology, Research Institute for the Humanities, CUHK

Tags: Art

254 x 254 mm , 144pp ISBN : 978-988-18777-2-7

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Chan-fai Cheung has a passion for photography. His camera is always with him, even when he is taking a flight. He enjoys seeing the earth from the cruising height of commercial flight, and always tries to take photos of the earth 35,000 feet above. But he is not just interested in the scenery below. As a phenomenologist, he attempts to see phenomenologically how the earth below appears in terms of form and bounded space. That’s why he names his second volume on phenomenology and photography Earthscape, a term he has borrowed from Edward Casey. In the framed space of the phenomenologist-photographer’s camera, the natural topography and geography are transformed into layers of patterns and lines, contrasts of colours and light—photographic images no longer the everyday views of mountain, sea or river.


The book also features phenomenological reflection on earthscape photography by Elmar Holenstein, Jeff Malpas, and Kwok-ying Lau.

Chan-fai Cheung received his Dr. phil. degree from Freiburg University, Germany. His major research interests include phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger philosophy); philosophy of love, death, and happiness; Utopian thought; and general and liberal education. He has recently retired from active administration and teaching duties at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served for over twenty years. He was Director of University General Education, and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy. He has published broadly on phenomenology, love and death, and general education. Besides academic interests, he also has artistic passions for photography and Chinese seal-engraving. He has held over ten one-man photography exhibitions, mainly in Hong Kong but also in Hawaii.

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