Shi Guorui
Chinese, 1964
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Light Frequencies: Camera Obscura Images of Hong Kong,
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections,
Kunstmuseum Bern
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shi Guorui captures sweeping images of cityscapes and natural vistas using a camera obscura, an antique photographic technique of exposing light-sensitive paper to subjects through a tiny pinhole. Though his technique shows an affinity for the past, Shi’s subjects of choice are distinctly contemporary: he has produced images of Ground Zero in New York, urban sprawl in the American West, and sites of Chinese development and environmental encroachment, all captured in a dynamic blurry monochrome that lends the scenes a sense of timelessness. Shi spends hours framing and calculating each shot in his makeshift, onsite darkrooms, a meditative process stemming from his survival of a traumatic car crash. “I want to take a long time for everything,” he says. “I wanted to choose a method that is completely suited to my interior landscape. So my body, my thinking, all mesh with this kind of …

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