Shedding Light on Chinese Subculture: Zhang Huan

China born, New York-based photographer “Zhang Huan”

I don’t think Zhang Huan is considered indie or underground, but he and his work still deserve attention. Each of his photos are like mini?biographies. They often times come with a description explaining the piece, its inspiration and how it links to his personal life, or those of the people he’s photographing. There’s so many things I enjoy about Zhang Huan’s work, like how he includes himself in many of the pieces. It’s nice to see the artist not only come up with the concept but perform in it as well. Like most artists his work speaks on its own, much more than any critic or fan can vocalize. Zhang Huan is an artist with an admirable artistic vision, and he’s a person I’ll be following closely from this point on.

12m2
1994, Performance, Beijing, China

12m2
1994, Performance, Beijing, China

To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond,

1997, Performance, Beijing, China

1/2
1998, Beijing, China

1/2
1998, Beijing, China

Family Tree, 2000, New York, USA

Family Tree, 2000, New York, USA

 

For more of Zhang Huan‘s work, visit his website ZhangHuan.com