Sim Chi Yin

Sim Chi Yin is an artist from Singapore whose research-based practice includes photography, moving image, archival interventions and text-based performance, and focuses on history, conflict, memory and extraction.
She is currently based in Berlin.
Recent solo exhibitions include One Day We’ll Understand, Zilberman Gallery Berlin (2021), One Day We’ll Understand, Les Rencontres d’Arles (2021), One Day We’ll Understand, Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden (2020), One Day We’ll Understand, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (2019) and Most People Were Silent, Institute of Contemporary Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2018), Fallout, Nobel Peace Museum, Oslo (2017). Her work has also been included in group shows such as Most People Were Silent, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, United Kingdom (2019); UnAuthorised Medium, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Relics, Jendela (Visual Arts Space) Gallery, Esplanade, Singapore (both 2018); and the Guangzhou Image Triennial ( 2021), the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2017). Sim was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017, nominated for the Vera List Center’s Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice 2020.

Lu Nan

Correspondent for the prestigious international cooperative Magnum Photos since the 1990s, Lu Nan (born in 1962 in Beijing) is an independent photographer who has been documenting marginalized people in China. His pivotal series started in 1989 with The Forgotten People: The Condition of China’s Psychiatric Patients. Pursing his intentions to document Chinese people from the margins of society, his subsequent series captured members of the Catholic Faith (On The Road: The Catholic Faith in China, 1992-1996), peasants’ life in Tibet (Four Seasons: Everyday Life of Tibetan Peasants, 1996-2004), and prisoner’s conditions (Prisons of North Burma, 2006).

These unconventional images allowed the photographer to place himself in the international spotlight. But perhaps more importantly he became one of the first to shed light on another side of Chinese society, on people often considered outcasts. “I just respect them and care about them… They are the same as us,” said Lu as a reminder that all human beings are equal and deserve dignity. His black and white photographs depict people within their own environment by using a rather straight glance, which is yet associated with delicate contrasts and elegant compositions.

 

Lu Nan

Lu Nan is a contemporary photographer who was born in Beijing, China in 1962. After working for National Pictorial for 5 years, he decided to become an independent photographer. From 1989 to 1990, he shot a series of images of the living conditions of patients in Chinese mental hospitals. From 1992 to 1996, he shot a series of images about Catholicism in China. From 1996 to 2004, he shot a series images of the daily life of Tibetan farmers. Lu Nan is known as “the most legendary photographer in China”. He is also the only Chinese contemporary photographer chosen by Aperture magazine as a topic colon.
Lu is constantly invited to participate in numerous exhibitions; however, he is extremely selective about the exhibitions he is involved with. Lu also refused to have his portrait taken by others, so it’s very rare to see any photo documentations of him. For fifteen years, Lu has been leading a life that is almost like a monk, spending his time working and studying, as he believes that “good stuff comes out of reticenc.

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Suxing Zhang

Suxing Zhang is a Chinese fine-art photographer currently living in Australia. Born in the late 1980s, Suxing was first trained as a painter. Witnessed the transition from analog photography to digital photography, Suxing has skills and experience in both areas.
Suxing Zhang’s works focus on fine-art and conceptual portraits which can be described as impressionistic surrealism. Suxing sees photographs as impressions that involve not only sheer beauty but also a wide range of emotions, and treats facial expressions and postures as the best mediums to deal with complex concepts. Suxing’s photographs often involve visual metaphors and metonymies to tell stories and express emotions. Experience with painting as well as charcoal sketching has attributed greatly in his use of lighting, composition, colour, texture, and translates to the overall harmony of his visual layouts.

Lang Jingshan


Lang Jingshan also romanized as Long Chin-san and Lang Ching-shan, was a pioneering photographer and one of the first Chinese photojournalists.

He has been called “indisputably the most prominent figure in the history of Chinese art photography”,and the “Father of Asian Photography”.

He joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1937 and gained his Associateship in 1940 and Fellowship in 1942.and in 1980, the Photographic Society of America named him one of the world’s top ten master photographers.

He was the first Chinese photographer to take artistic nude shots, and was also known for the unique “composite photography” technique he created.

Lu Nan


 

Lu Nan is given the name “the most legendary photographer in China”. His legend comes from his unique characteristic and his mysterious creative experience. During fifteen years’ of his photography career, Lu has been a preacher of imagery. For many people in the Chinese photography world, he seems to be even more famous in the “art” circle. One of his early pieces Add One Meter to a Nameless Hill has become one of the classic images in the Chinese contemporary art history. Lu is the first Chinese photographer who’s recognized by the well-known Magnum Photos. He is also the only Chinese photographer that had been featured in the APERTURE magazine. Lu is constantly invited to participate in numerous exhibitions; however, he is extremely selective about the exhibitions he is involved with. Lu also refused to have his portrait taken by others, so it’s very rare to see any photo documentations of him. For fifteen years, Lu has been leading a life that’s almost like a monk, spending his time working and studying. Lu believes in that “good stuff comes out of reticence.”

Wang Wusheng


Wang Wusheng was born in 1945 in the city of Wuhu in China’s Anhui Province and was graduated from Anhui University’s School of Physics. Currently he works as a photographic artist based in Shanghai and Tokyo. His photographs are represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Berlin and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna etc.

Don Hong-Oai

 

 

Don Hong-Oai was born in Canton, China in 1929 as the youngest son to a business family and was raised and educated in Saigon, Vietnam. At age 13 he began an apprenticeship at a Chinese photo and portrait shop. In 1979 he immigrated to the United States and settled in Chinatown of San Francisco.

Don began making a living by selling his landscape photographs in front of Macy’s and began to receive recognition for his craftsmanship. His style was heavily influenced by the legendary photographer Long Chin-San’s technique of layering negatives. By taking three negatives, foreground, middle ground, and far ground, and selecting a subject from each negative, Don would form one composite image of a serene landscape. All the various scenes in an image existed in reality, but each uniquely handcrafted photograph in its entirety is a concoction of the artist’s imagination. Each photograph was assembled only by the artist himself, never having an assistant or master printer aid him. His work has won scores of international awards and has been collected worldwide

Zhang Jingna

 

Born 1988 in Beijing, Jingna lives and works in New York City.

A former rifle shooter, Jingna is a Commonwealth Games medalist and represented Singapore in numerous ISSF World Cups from 2002-2008. She was a student at Raffles Girl’s School and Lasalle College of the Arts until the age of 19, where she dropped out and self-published her first photobook, “Something Beautiful”.

In the years since, Jingna’s works have been featured on international editions of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her solo exhibitions include galleries at The Arts House and Japan Creative Centre in Singapore, and group exhibits like “45 Frames from Photo Vogue” at Leica Gallery in Milan, and Clé de Peau Beauté’s 30th anniversary exhibition in Hong Kong.

Jingna was named Master Photographer of the Year by Master Photographers Association in 2007, Photographer of the Year at ELLE Awards Singapore in 2011, and was a recipient of the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in 2015. Her works are represented by Trunk Archive, world’s leading image licensing agency.

Jingna is currently teaching a course on artistic portrait photography with Learn Squared and producing the Motherland Chronicles artbook. In her free time, Jingna enjoys Go, Gundam, and reading.

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Fan Ho

Award-wining photographer Fan Ho won nearly 300 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956. Ho was elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, England; Honorary Member of the Photographic Societies of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and etc, and honored with many One-Man-Shows in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Fan Ho was invited by 12 Universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong as “Visiting Professor, ” teaching the art of film-making and photography. He written five books, one of them containing all his award-winning prints that is currently a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir is his latest book published by Modernbook Editions. Further, Fan Ho was an accomplished and acclaimed Hong Kong film director. He won the “Best Film Award” in Banbury International Film Festival in England. Three of his films was received the “Official Selection” of the International Film Festivals of Cannes, Berlin and San Francisco; and five of his films was selected in the “Permanent Collection” of the National Film Archives of Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was also a judge of the Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival and Hong Kong Oscar Film Award. These diverse cultural backgrounds made Fan Ho’s creative style so unique, full of lyrical beauty, dramatic power, and poetic grandeur.

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Xiaoxi Liao

 


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Huainan Li

 

Huainan Li is a talented photographer from Beijing, China. Huainan is member of best know place for online portfolios of artists, behance. He always comes up with unique and interesting ideas in the world of photography.

Recently he created a series of fashion photos called “The Senses Of World”. To create this series, Huainan used perfect makeup portraits of fashion models wearing matching glasses. Every picture describes a different sense of weather or beauty of nature.

Jie Ma

 

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Chen Man


Chen Man (born 1980) is a Chinese fashion photographer who has produced numerous covers for Chinese and international fashion magazines and for major international companies.
Born in Beijing, she quickly demonstrated her artistic talent, drawing a mouse when she was only two. Her mother ensured her development, sending her to a drawing class and to a high school specialising in art. She then attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied graphic design. When only 23 and still a student, her self-styled photographs were published on the covers of China’s Vision Magazine, bringing her immediate prominence. Handling all her post-production work herself, she makes extensive use of digital tools including Photoshop and 3D Max. In addition to cover photographs for Vision Magazine over a number of years, she has also contributed to Chinese features in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire. She frequently works with the makeup artist Toni Lee. She now runs her own company, providing photographs for the advertising campaigns of Motorola, Adidas and Gucci while presenting her work at exhibitions in Chinese cities. In 2012, she embarked on a partnership with MAC Cosmetics designing a collection of pink and blue products representing love and water, the elements Chen believes are behind the origin of life.
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Fan Ho

Award-wining photographer Fan Ho has won 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956. Ho has been elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, England; Honorary Member of the Photographic Societies of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and etc, and was honored with One-Man-Shows in the above countries. Ho’s works can be seen and have been published in many International Photographic Annuals all over the world

Between the mountains and water, Zhang Kechun

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When I was very little, there was an old folding camera left in a forgotten drawer at a corner of the house. I never saw dad use it. Even though no one explained to me what it was for, I always felt an overwhelming curiosity towards that little black box. In the same dust-filled drawer, I also found a piece of glass that was yellow and round. I kept it in my pocket. On my way to and from school, I often took it out and looked at the sun through this golden eye, getting lost in that magical light. Little did I know then that such a small black box would become my most loyal companion on the long road to come. Later, it became an essential part of my daily life.

In 1984, I came into possession of my first camera. Whenever I had time, I looked through its lens at the China I knew: water lilies in the park, sunset over Yang-zi River, and the crowd on the street. After arriving at the United States in 1995, I started to focus my lens on people. I became mystified by the various characters I met. Looking at their eyes, I wanted to read their mind; watching their passing silhouette, I wanted to search for their origin and destiny. In every click of the shutter, I throw out a fishnet from my soul, capturing all that moved me, and carrying them home as my new found treasure. The moment is frozen in time; eternity is now possible.

People, is the ultimate subject matter, because of its complexity, diversity, and its endless possibilities. I see the mark of the material world on each individual; in the material world itself, I see the trace left by each individual’s consciousness, that which is formless, but also timeless. I record them in my mind as well as on film. I attempt to record people, their environment, and the particular atmosphere that moved me. I often think an environment without humans is dull and soulless; similarly, a human being independent of his environment appears pale and lost. I attempt to express the fluid nature of time in a 2-dimentional media – a still picture. My pictures are very personal. At the time when they record the reality around me, they also record my thoughts and my mood. I enjoy traveling alone and experiencing the wonders of nature and society. There were moments, however, when camera and film were rendered useless, while my soul remained receptive and the exposure at its utmost clarity.

In 1991, on the road to Tibet, I hailed a truck, asking the driver to drop me off at Lhasa. As the truck climbed up the Tibetan highland, we were surrounded by the snow covered mountain peaks, and humbled by the immense, wild power of their beauty. The macho-looking Tibetan truck driver turned on his tape recorder, a soprano’s lone voice filled the small cabin with a Tibetan folk lore, no words were spoken as we took turns gulping down strong sorghum wine. During that journey, I didn’t take out my camera, because my lens could not hold such absolute purity and immensity…

During the same year, I couldn’t get into Xi-Shuang-Ban-Na due to the lack of an authorized travel permit. Looking for a way to get in illegally, I met a few newly released drug-dealers in a border town bar. They claimed that they could sneak me into the region further up the River of Lan-Cang. That night, we camped by the river side. Out of cautiousness, I tied all my photo equipments and luggage around my body. It was a sleepless night, and not the least because of the bumpy pebbles beneath my sleeping bag. However, as the trip continued, they befriended me, doubled as my porters, and never betrayed me in any small way. During that trip, I didn’t take out my camera, because film can not record the complexity of such contrast…

In 1999, at a Native American tribe of New Mexico, the sun was setting as people started their annual Sun Dance. When the yellow dust rose above their dancing feet, a rainbow colored cloud slowly materialized above us. That moment, I didn’t take out my camera, because the shutter can not capture the dance of their spirit…

When I first stood before the majestic mountains of the Tibetan highland, I realized the vulnerability of human beings. Although we each possess our own world, as the most intelligent creatures of this earth, we are equal and are blessed with the common humanity. Diverse environments created diverse social groups, and various social groups formed this kaleidoscope world. To understand and to know others as I understand and know myself has become the eternal compass in all my travels. I believe that the gap between you and me can only be measured and filled by this understanding.

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