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Liu Zheng was born in Wuqiang Province, China in 1969 and grew up in a mining district of Shanxi Province. He studied in the Engineering and Optics Department of the Beijing Institute of Technology, and in 1995 co-founded the journal New Photography.
In 1994, Zheng conceived of an ambitious photographic project called The Chinese, which occupied him for seven years and carried him throughout China. Inspired by the examples of August Sander and Diane Arbus, he has captured a people and country in a unique time of great flux, providing a startling vision of the deep-rooted historical forces and cultural attitudes that continue to shape China and its people. Liu seeks out moments in which archetypal Chinese characters are encountered in extreme and unexpected situations. His photographs are divided among a number of topics which betray a dark vision, albeit one that is laced with mordant humor.
Published by Steidl
Hardcover w/ Dustjacket
260 x 275 mm