Muse: Zhang Hai’er

China Pictorial (English) - - Culture On Display -

Since we be­came de­voted to pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy in the mid-1980s, renowned Chi­nese pho­tog­ra­pher Zhang Hai’er has been ex­plor­ing it with a highly per­sonal ap­proach, show­cas­ing his unique world view with his lens.

“Muse,” the ti­tle of Zhang’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion, refers as much to a place as to a sin­gle per­son or a se­ries of in­di­vid­u­als: It could be Guangzhou or Paris, Zhang’s wife or the myr­iad fe­male per­son­al­i­ties upon which Zhang has turned his cam­era since the mid-1980s. The im­ages se­lected for the ex­hi­bi­tion rep­re­sent the pho­tog­ra­pher’s achieve­ments in por­trait work: The male pho­tog­ra­pher sub­limely cap­tures the fem­i­nin­ity and nat­u­ral charm of fe­males.

Zhang was born in Guangzhou in 1957. In 1988, he par­tic­i­pated in Ar­les Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val. He held solo ex­hi­bi­tions in sev­eral coun­tries in­clud­ing Ger­many, France and Switzer­land. From 1995 to 2016, he served as the chief pho­tog­ra­pher of New Weekly, a pres­ti­gious Chi­nese mag­a­zine on life­style and cur­rent af­fairs. Septem­ber 7 – Oc­to­ber 29, 2017 Shang­hai Cen­ter of Pho­tog­ra­phy, Shang­hai

Hu Yuan­liby the win­dow, shot in Guangzhou in 1987.

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