Top 15 Emerging and established Asian Photographers
@ Robert Zhao Renhui
This week we want to introduce you some of the greatest and emerging photographers who either live in Asia or are from Asia. Their images can be inspiring and shocking, weird and surprising.
In no particular order, here’s the list of 15 Emerging and Established Contemporary Asian Photographers.
RongRong and Inri, China and Japan
RongRong (China) and Inri (Japan) have been working together since 2000. Their works reflect the intimate world that they have created together, while pushing the boundaries of traditional black-and-white darkroom techniques. Their past critically acclaimed series of works, such as Mt. Fuji, In Nature, and Liulitun, focus on the beauty of the human body in nature and the urban environment.
Manit Sriwanichpoom, Thailand
Manit Sriwanichpoom never wonders if he is a photographer. For professional reasons, he shoots for advertising agencies and sometimes for the press. However, his true passions are directed elsewhere. He defines himself first as an activist whose photography gives shape to his ideas and protestations.
His crafted persona, “Mister Pink,” a man who wears a pink silk tuxedo, pushes a pink shopping cart, and uses a pink mobile, in order to reveal the consumerist drifts of our society. This isn’t his only creative outlet, however. He also photographs black and white portraits of his friends who are artists while they stage their fantasies.
Yukari Chikura, Japan
Yukari Chikura born in Tokyo, Japan.
She is the winner of STEIDL BOOK AWARD 2016 and her work will be published from STEIDL.
Her photograph selected as “Best of Show photographer 2013” (Lucie Foundation: IPA).
She is one of the Critical Mass Top50 Winner by Photolucida in 2015.
Eikoh Hosoe, Japan
Born in 1933, Eikoh Hosoe is one of Japan’s notable post-war photographers and filmmakers. He was named Toshihio Hosoe at birth and changed his name to Eikoh after the Second World War, to symbolize the new Japan he was photographing.Hosoe gained professional recognition when he won the Fuji Film Award student category.
Lu Guang, China
Lu Guang was born in 1961, in Zhejiang Province, China. He has been passionate about photography since he held a camera for the first time, in 1980 when he was a factory worker in his hometown in Yongkang County. Between 1993 and 1995, he took classes at the Fine Arts Academy of Tsinghua University (formerly the Central Academy of Crafts and Fine Arts) in Beijing.
Chien-Chi Chang, Taiwan
In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. “The Chain,” a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002). The life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage. He has treated marital ties in two books—I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam.
Chan Dick, Hong Kong
Both a successful commercial and fine-art photographer, Chan Dick 陳的 is best known for the award-winning series Chai Wan Fire Station. The series came to fruition by chance when the photographer stumbled across the vantage point from a window in his workshop bathroom. Shot from an aerial perspective, the photographs record the daily occurrences within the Chai Wan fire station courtyard, from the firefighters’ physical training to volleyball games and guided student tours to equipment maintenance. The resulting images are minimalistic compositions that appear to be formations of toy figurines upon a geometric green square.
Chan specializes in the photography of still life, interiors, and architecture. Recent projects have explored socio-political issues within Hong Kong, most notably the 2014 series No Compromise, which documented student activists.
Yuichi Ikehata, Japan
Japanese photographer Yuichi Ikehata creates realistic sculptures of human body parts using clay, wire and paper. He then photographs the sculptures and merges them into unrealistic worlds to create Long Term Memory (LTM), an ongoing photographic series that “puts audiences in the ambivalent position of not knowing what is real and what is not.”
Yang Fudong, China
Yang is considered one of China’s most well-known cinematographer and photographer.
Fudong`s films are mostly black and white, plotless and fragmented, but at the same time hypnotic and epic in expression. “I think about how to tell a narrative by using not people speaking so much, but how the wind tells a narrative, or how trees tell a narrative”, he says.
Wang Guofeng, China
Wang Guofeng was born in 1967 in Liaoning province. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
His earlier communist themed photography focuses on the iconic political architecture in Russia, China and North Korea.
Wang Guofeng thinks that “human beings are often in a state of amnesia, so history repeats itself again and again.”
Wang Guofeng’s work goes beyond a simple documentary photography work. It is a very complex process including pre-filming, selecting, computer-generated collage, etc. The result of this creative endeavor is a subjective concept, which is used by the artist to express his ideas and establish an in-depth dialogue with the viewer.
Hong Lei, China
Hong Lei specialises in subverting images by careful editing and retouching. In doing so, he subverts the rule of reason, using eerie juxtapositions to appeal directly to the viewer’s unconscious. Early in his career, he used photography to recreate classical Chinese paintings, then added bizarre twists. El Jardín de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Paths, 2007) is part of a new phase in which, rather than riffing on well-known works, he stages tableaux of his own. The title comes from a 1941 story by Jorge Luis Borges. One of the first works of “hypertext fiction”, it centres on a Chinese spy and his ancestor, creator of a labyrinthine artwork in which “all possible outcomes occur; each is the point of departure for other forkings”. Against blank backdrops, Hong Lei’s triptych presents goats, horses and dogs surrounded by flies (linked in China with death), butterflies (love and long life), and dragonflies (transience). Borges’s tale makes no mention of mammals or insects. In borrowing its title, Hong Lei suggests that art and life are both labyrinths, in which anything can happen and each viewer interprets the same event in his own way.
Robert Zhao Renhui, Singapore
Zhao Renhui is a multi-disciplinary Singapore artist. His practice investigates the different modes of the human zoological gaze, i.e., how people view animals. Renhui’s work is based on the concept of doubt and uncertainty and in his work, he tests to the limit the principles behind the dissemination of knowledge and acceptance of truths. A large part of his practice tries to resists the false naturalisation of beliefs and circumstances.
International award winning documentary photographer Larry Louie leads a dual career. In his optometry clinic, he is Dr. Larry Louie, working to enhance the vision of people from all walks of life in the urban core of a North American city. On his travels, he is a humanitarian documentary photographer, exploring the lives of remote indigenous people, and documenting social issues around the world. As an optometrist, Larry adjusts people’s visual perception. As a photographer, he seeks to adjust people’s view of the world. Either way, he is interested in things that exist outside the regular field of vision.