In this episode of Picture Perfect, VICE visits Zeng Han in Guangzhou, China to talk about what he sees as the golden age of Chinese photography. We then go on assignment with him as he documents modernization efforts around the city, exploring the confluence of East and West, new and old.
Zeng Han's business partner, Yang Changhong, tells us about their publishing and exhibition company, Authentic Vision, as we tour one of their offices.
About Zeng Han
Zeng Han was born in 1974 in Guangdong, China. He studied journalism at Jinan University and worked as a photographer for City Pictorial magazine before endeavoring on his own projects. Zeng documents affected landscapes and cityscapes that show how Chinese urbanization reflects what the French philosopher Jean-Baudrillard called "Hyperreality." He has traveled all over China photographing large scale projects like the Three Georges Dam and Quinhai-Tibet Railway. For Picture Perfect, Han continued his "Hyper-Reality China" project by photographing a community in the process of being demolished and the construction of a building with a circular shape.
Zeng Han's work has been exhibited in some of the largest galleries in China, Europe and the U.S. His photos have also been published in a number of major publications. In 2010, Han founded a photography publishing house and exhibition space called Authentic Vision with the hope of promoting and inspiring Chinese photography.