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Opening Reception:

August 25, 2023, 6 - 9 pm


Exhibition on view:
August 25 - 27, 2023


Sojourner Gallery

178 Bleecker Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

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Sojourner Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of its new pop-up exhibition, Before Sunset, curated by Chunchun Tao and art directed by Zona Yuechen Guan. This uniquely structured exhibition invites all New York-based photographers—professionals, amateurs, and students alike—to participate in an in-person submission session, a rare opportunity in today's digital-first landscape. The exhibition, a unique blend of curated and crowd-sourced works, presents creations from artists including Guang Chen, Chengmin Gabriella Dan, Jia Chen, Jiaming Stephen Deng, Hanlin Mu, Haofeng Yu, Xiaoxuan Ding, Xuefei Hu, Yuxiang Steven Wang, Zona Yuechen Guan, and Zhangkai Wang.


In an age where urban landscapes have become ubiquitous backdrops to our daily lives, it is easy to overlook the extraordinary moments that unfold in the midst of the ordinary. The exhibition, “The Ephemeral Urban Enigmas,” aims to rekindle our curiosity and appreciation for the intricate tapestry of urban life through the lens of unaltered, spontaneous photography. This open call invites photographers to seize the raw, unmanipulated essence of urban existence, immortalizing fleeting instants that infuse our cities with undeniable zest.

Today, the contemporary artist is armed with pocket-sized marvels that can seize the extraordinary from the mundane, adding spice to urban life’s rich tapestry. “The Ephemeral Urban Enigmas” invites artists to channel this privilege, utilizing their lens to freeze moments that beguile, tantalize, and evoke curiosity. The exhibition transcends mere visual documentation, delving into the realms of emotion, intrigue, and discovery that lie hidden within the folds of the city’s bustling streets.

Curator: Zhiheng Ashely Zhang

Producer: Zona Yuechen Guan

Participate Photographers:

Guang Chen

Jia Chen

Chengmin Gabriella Dan

Jiaming Stephen Deng

Jie Sally He

Tyler Jordan

Yuxiang Steven Wang

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