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Contemporary Photographer Li Ju Retraces Construction Of America’s “Iron Road” In Danville Sunday

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Date(s) – 05/20/2018
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location
Museum of the San Ramon Valley

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Please join us Sunday, May 20 3:30-5:30 at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley for a presentation by Li Ju, a contemporary photographer based in Beijing. He will be discussing and presenting photos of the areas and terrain where the Chinese built the transcontinental railroad across the Sierra Nevada. The very unique feature is that he will be contrasting his present-day photos with the historical photos of the same locations. There will not be a fee for this presentation.

Li Ju studied the historical photographs of the Central Pacific Railroad, researching the history of the Chinese workers who helped build the first transcontinental railroad between 1865 and 1869. Li traveled the Central Pacific railroad route five times in the past few years, revisiting scenes captured by nineteenth-century photographer Alfred Hart and documenting his journey with new photographs of his own. This exhibit of historical and contemporary photos celebrates the achievements of these workers. It is amazing to compare the photos from 1885-1896 and see the incredible work the Chinese performed and that much of it is still in place and functional today.

This is a unique and not to be missed opportunity to learn and see the incredible work that was needed to construct the railroad across the west. Adding to this is to hear and see the photographer who traced this path and photographed it and then contrasted today with pictures of the same area from the nineteen century.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at

205 Railroad Ave

Danville CA 94526

925 837 3750