Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Hotness that is ...

After seeing some still-animal photographs, it is refreshing to see a beastly action. I mean I've seen some stunning pictures of wild cats chasing venison, but a wet cat hunting tiny little piece of steak is just extraordinary. In my opinion, the best animal photos are when the animals act a bit too much like human. In this case, the bittersweet expression of his sort of does that.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Wonka Vision.

The Wonka Vision Magazine No. 37 (now on news stand) features a four-page interview + portfolio about my Almost Naked series and me. Very special thanks to Chad Muthard who is not only a cool dude and cool photographer, but also a very talented and patient creative director for the magazine. Also I have a picture in PDN Annual 2007.

Points of View

I am always interested in how different photographers portray same object differently (or similarly). Here are 3 photos from one of the most popular sites, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
©Eric Slayton
©Hiroshi Watanabe
©Hiroshi Sugimoto

Thank you, Nomap.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Magenta Foundation - Flash Forward 2007

Lindsay, 2007. ©Shen Wei

Canada’s Magenta Foundation (Magenta Publishing for the Arts) has announced the list of winners for Flash Forward 2007 – an exhibition and a book of emerging photographers from US, Canada and UK.

I am very excited to be recognized as one of the 25 winning photographers from United States. The exhibition and book release are scheduled for early October at Lennox Contemporary In Toronto.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Chinese Photography in Fotofest

Photo by Tang Hao Wu

I can not describe how exciting I was when I see a collection of contemporary Chinese photography on Meeting Place Fotofest Beijing 2006 website. I have never seen most of them and I understand some of the photographers are well known in the Chinese art world.

I have to admit that I was shocked when I realize the significant booming of the fine art photography in China. Even When I was in an art college in Shanghai around late 90s, fine art photography is kind of not existed. My photography class was canceled in my year because no one owns a decent camera in my class, I have never operated an SLR camera at that time and there is no such thing as Media Equipment Center at my school (well, there is no media arts department either). And of course, Arbus, Rauschenberg, Sherman and Mapplethorpe was not taught, not even Andy Warhol.

It is refreshing to me to see those fantastic photographs about the real life in china, some of them are absolutely stunning, interestingly many of them labeled themselves "Amateur Photographer". The online portfolios also included a few series are still specifically fashioned of the cliché iconic images of sex and communism, which I found utterly flat and pretentious.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Rimy Ren (2005)

Rimy Ren is a film I originally made in 2003, and reedited in 2005. Keith Fitch composes the music, make sure turn up the volume a little bit when you watch it, you don't wanna miss the fantastic music...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Griffin Award

The Griffin Museum of Photography announced a list of the artists selected for the 13th Annual Griffin Juried Show by juror Brian Clamp of ClampArt, New York. I am honored for The Griffin Award.

The artists included in the list are also my good friend Amy Stein who won a two-person show, my HHS fellow Joseph Holmes, my SVA mate Dina Kantor, a Review Santa Fe ‘06 fellow Gregory Scott, and Shanghai-based photographer Daniel Traub. I think this is going to be a very interesting show.

The exhibition will be run from August 23 through October 28, 2007 at the The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road
Winchester, MA 01890

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

PDN Annual 2007

My on-going documentary series Concubines of New York has won a spot on the PDN Annual 2007, in the Personal Work category. The work is published in the May issue of the PDN Magazine.