They series (2006-2008) won Zhang the Three Shadows Photography Award in 2010 which first gained him international attention. Taken in Chongqing, the biggest and fastest-growing city in China, the characters in They are the ordinary people in daily life – they carry out all kinds of mundane activities in public venues. In the images, these ordinary people seem departed from reality and entered a performance state. The images perhaps reveal the loss of balance and normality caused by the rapid development of modern Chinese society.
About Zhang Xiao 张晓
Chinese, b. 1981, Yantai, Shandong Province, China, based in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China