2001 Pingyao International Photography Festival
Founded in 2001, the Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) was held in Pingyao, Shanxi, China on September 20-30, 2001. A total of 165 photographers hailing from 16 countries and regions including France, USA and Spain, as well as the PIP received photography lovers of 40,000 person-times in China and abroad. Over 20 agreements on photo trades had been reached between photographers and photo agencies.
This was the first high-profile international photography festival in China. Prior to the festival, we had made an investigation on several international photography festivals, gaining a full understanding of how to run a photography festival. In 2001, French Ambassador to China Mr. Pierre Morel and his wife attended the opening ceremony. Ms. Agnes de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Director of the National Photographic Center under the Cultural Ministry of France, also partook of the opening ceremony and some activities. Distinguished photographers like Marc Riboud, Martine Franck, Susan Meiselas from Magnum Picture Agency participated in the PIP. During the period of the festival, hundreds of Chinese photographers attended lectures given by internationally famous photographers at the master workshop.