When “A View from Asia: The Photography of Eddie Sung” opened today at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, it marked the first time the fine art rock photography gallery showcased the work of an Asian photographer.
At the opening reception last night, Eddie Sung talked about the differences that existed between Western and Eastern rock photography when he got his start. “Most of the rock photographers were Westerners – from New York, L.A., and London,” Sung, a Singapore native, said. “And I said 'Hmm, it's time an Asian did something different.' So I shot most of the time in Asia with an Asian eye. There's a bit of Zen involved. You look at Clapton – it's Zen. He looks at me, without jumping, no action. There's a lot of calm involved.”
Two of the images featured in Sung's first show in the U.S. are of Blondie, one which is the center spread of the band's “Panic of Girls” CD. He is a longtime fan of the band, reminiscing that when he was in college, he bought their albums, “but now we're colleagues at the Morrison Hotel Gallery.” Sung is also a friend of the band, especially guitarist and fellow professional photographer Chris Stein (whose work was featured in an exhibition at the Morrison Hotel Gallery's space at the Dream Downtown Hotel two months ago). “The thing I like is that I was asked first to join [be represented by] Morrison before he was. You may be a rock star, but I got in first!” he said, laughing.
Among the other performers featured in this show are Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, and Lady Gaga, as well as a selection of hard rock and heavy metal acts. An extensive, eclectic collection of Sung's work – mostly shot in Asia – is available via his catalog on the Morrison Hotel Gallery website.
The exhibition, which features about 20 of the prolific lensman's many images, runs through August 2 at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo (116 Prince Street, 2nd Floor). Prints of Sung's work range from $600 through $3,000 each.
Copies of his book “Sonic Solitude” were available at the reception, with proceeds going to Rational Animal, a NYC-based nonprofit that helps at-risk animals.