Muse: Zhang Hai’er
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.