The History of Federation of Asian Photographic Art
Federation of Asian Photographic Art ("FAPA”) is an organization for All Asian photographers. Back in 1964, Professor Chin-San Long attended a Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (“FIAP”) conference and found himself the only Asian photographer in the event, he then corresponded with fellow Asian photographer to form a regional organization with the same objectives.
The organization, blessed by fellow photographers, was officially founded in Taipei on November 25, 1966. The first congress was attended by sixty delegates from nine Asian counties; the opening ceremony had a great honor of having vice president his excellency Mr. Yen Chia-Kan as a guest speaker. Professor Chin-San Long was elected as the first president. Professor Long was later recognized as permanent honorable president of FAPA.
FAPA now has 39 members from 19 countries. The organization holds Congresses once every two year, each and every member country takes turn to host the event. In the past forty years, FAPA has held congresses in Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Sabah, Bangkok, Brunei, Penang, Kaohsiung, Hochimint city, Yunan and Guizhou. The president of the host country acts as the president of the Congress, the President of previous and next Congress hosting country act as the Vice President of the Congress. The Secretariat is located in Taipei City, Mr. Chow Chee-Kong is the current secretary general, who is responsible for the day to day operations of the Federation.
The main objectives of Federation of Asian Photographic Art are to provide a forum for Asian photographers to get together studying photographic techniques as well as promoting photographic arts. In every congress, we have photo tours, seminars, lectures and exhibitions. More than three hundred delegates attend the once-every-two-year event. The organization has grown to the fourth largest photographic society in the world.
亞洲影藝聯盟 (FEDERATION OF ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ART, 亦稱亞洲影藝協會)，係於1964年由攝影大師郎靜山教授所發起，當時他參加國際影藝聯盟（FIAP）大會，發現亞洲國家僅他一人參加，故應加強亞洲攝影同好之聯繫，逐走訪日、韓、星、馬、港、泰等國攝影團體，并獲簽署贊同，再經一年餘之籌劃，於1966年11月25日在台灣台北市正式成立，當時九國代表六十餘人參加，副總統嚴家淦先生并蒞臨致詞，極一時之盛。郎靜山教授當選為第一任會長，後來又被會員們推舉為亞洲影藝聯盟之父及永久榮譽會長。成立四十餘年以來，每兩年輪流在亞州各國舉行大會及理事會，先後在台北、首爾、東京、香港、印度、新加坡、檳城、曼谷、高雄、胡志明市、汶萊、沙巴、雲南、貴州等地舉行。