“In Seoul, everything has a price. Everything has a time and everything has a dimension. The city is perfect, crystal clear. But at night, everything changes. People pay just to disconnect from the exhausting rhythms imposed by this incredibly competitive society. Just want to get lost for a moment, in the streets and in the alleys, in nightclubs and in clubs overflowing with people. With the sole purpose of forgetting a too long day. Drowning in the solitude of a bottle of beer, smoking hundred of cigarettes. The screen of a cell phone, of a thousand cell phones. With the desire to recreate a more easy world. More human. Between the shadows and the lights of an endless night in search of a parallel life. Or maybe just to survive. Another day. This book is the result of three years of intense work dedicated to the streets of Seoul and its nightlife. To its excesses and its traditions. This book is dedicated to my dear Korean friends who have often accompanied me during the nights. Thank you Hong and Chang. “
Love Remains is Sherry Huang’s first photo book. Taking
the path of photography, the book is a private ceremony in which emotion
is the offering. Bestowed with an extraordinarily powerful sense of
intuition, Huang explores both the chiaroscuro and calculations of life.
The fullness of her confidence is manifested through a naked awareness;
yet it backlashes, creating tension.
Shot on black
and white film, each photo proposes visceral content that breaks down
taboos and expresses one true conviction. The creator revolts within the
patterns and rhythms of thinking and composition, inverting a
tenderness and love of great magnitude. This quality originates from
Huang’s decisive analysis of the images of daily life, in which she has
discovered that in the severest moments of bleakness and callousness,
there are many fissures that allow one to embrace all and to free
The struggles of reality are left behind to
be inspected and verified. Only the pursuit of form remains as
photography, as a pair of eyes, as a multi-channel of the senses. In the
flyleaf, the creator speaks of birds singing in the morning that she
hears but never sees. Similarly, all proofs and bases shall never meet.
Investigations stand starkly in opposition; they offer solutions to
themselves, yet still they reach nothing and come to nothing.
A passage of a Buddhist epigram states, “all things resulting from a cause are like a dream or an illusion. We shall regard them as we would dewdrops and lightning.” It speaks of leading a simple life and, eventually, a simple death and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the case of the creator, it speaks of the one last fight after failing to avoid the inevitable. Rhythm and cadence creeps across her predicament. Such disillusionment approaches death and fear; yet, it can always be resurrected through photography. Love Remains is Huang’s photographic path during a certain stage of her life. It is also the most violently contrasting state she has yet experienced. Only amidst the tempestuous storm will she find ease and peace in time.
Sherry Huang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She Graduated from the photography department of Academy of Art University (2011) and Royal College of Art (2018). She held her solo exhibition “Dead Letter” in 2013 and published photo book “Love Remains” in 2016. The core of her photography practice stems from the human conditions, from self-reflection to the state of modern humanity.
“If we can truly communicate via photography, if pictures can be felt by someone on an intrinsic level where the spirit longs to be expressed, then photography is exactly what it ought to be.”
Trying to understand herself, others, and the world through the limited scope of the camera, Huang’s works is her perpetual inquiry into life.
“I was born in Guiyang, Guizhou. This city has a huge meaning to me and inspires a lot. People who live here have a deep memory in their genes about plants and mountain that surrounded them for ages. So now we usually shift our mind from the city to nature. Now I’m trying to show how nature reflects in people who live there, in their urban lives, because a part of it still remains inside, even if we are trying to separate from it. It’s my actual project.”