Curator Selection / 2023 / /

Bloodshed in the Ballroom

A mass shooting tears apart the quiet city of Alhambra near Los Angeles, a mostly Asian-American community. Many went out to their Ballroom dancing at Dancing Star on Friday night to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year including the 11 people who regularly attend. They have been shots indiscriminately by a lone gun man. The gunman then fled to Lai-Lai Ballroom Dancing in the nearby town of Monterey Park. There he continue his shooting spree but was stopped by the ballroom manager, Brandon Tsai, after an intense struggle. Just one of the nearly 200 incidents since the beginning of 2023.

Sandra Chen Weinstein is a photographer, Ceramist, collector, and independent curator. Born in Taiwan, she has worked and lived in DC, Japan, China for American State Department, and traveled for photo assignments to many countries. Early in her photo career in 2009, she was chosen as the only American photographer among hundreds of applicants for Magnum Masterclasses in The Netherlands and in London, England. She worked as personal assistant for Eli Reed, master photographer of Magnum Photos during 2008-2009.

Awards Sandra’s photography has received many outstanding National and International Awards including Winner OpenWall Vol#4 British Journal of Photography. First Place Award, CENTER Director’s First Place Award. First Place for KLPA Portrait award, First Place for PX3 Sport, IPA Deepest Perspective award and other IPA awards. Her works has been exhibited in Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Art Washington, Aperture Gallery, Annenberg Space of Photography, Florida Museum of Photographic Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, USC Pacific Museum, among many others. Her work has been featured in The European Photography Magazines, French Culture Papier, FOTOMagaines, Color, Black and White Magazines, etc. Her work is in several private collections.