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Although arts exchange between Hong Kong and China has been intensifying since its return to China, fine art photography as we now see is dominantly in conceptual form. While traditional forms like portrait photography, which has played a significant role in the history of photography, can rarely be found in recent decades. Shen Wei, a Shanghai born fine art photographer, gained tremendous attentions from the international art world by his portraits. He was named as one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by the American Photo Magazine, and was also part of PDN’s annual PDN30 list.

Shen’s recent series Chinese Sentiment on life of the Chinese, composing landscape and portrait photography. The upcoming exhibition at Lumenvisum mainly features his portrait works aim to retain the focus on the subjects’ own self. He invites the audience to “appreciate the real China without its political and economic influence, to reveal China from an internal and intimate perspective.” At the same time, the photographer challenges the audience with a series of questions, like if it is a staged photography or a candid one, as well as the relationships between the photographer and the subjects. Through his images, Shen reveals the complex sentiment of the modern Chinese.

5/11/2011 (Sat.)        6-8pm
Artist Talk & Book Signing
5/11/2011 (Sat.)        4:30-6:00pm
Exhibition Date & Time
6/11-18/12/2011       10:00am-7:00pm(Closed on Monday)


Lumenvisum, L2-10, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon