Spotlight: Contemporary Chinese Photography
Soothing landscapes, cinematic interiors, and colorful abstractions—this is just a taste of the vibrant work by Chinese photographers working today. Below, discover six contemporary artists from the region, from the emerging talent Silin Liu to the invisibility master Liu Bolin.
Cheng’s aerial photographs reveal the rhythmic patterns embedded in landscapes—and have earned the Hong Kong-based artist a place on the shortlist for the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award.
Exhibited at this year’s PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, these colorful abstract photographs capture how light interacts with photosensitive materials.
In her “I’m Everywhere” series, Liu rewrites history by inserting herself into some of the world’s most famous photographs.
In this recent series, Zhi visualizes life’s pushes and pulls by portraying potted plants blowing in the breeze, yet remaining planted in the soil.
Wei’s empty interiors have a cinematic quality, hinting at the stories of the spaces before they were abandoned.
Often called The Invisible Man, Bolin is best known for his series “Hiding in the City” (2005-present), in which the artist camouflages himself in complex environments.