Wang Qingsong is one of the uncontested masters of contemporary photography in China. Wang draws on his personal experience of post-1980s China: the post economic reform period during which everything goes a thousand miles an hour, everything seems possible yet uncertain.
His over-scaled photographs require hundreds of models, still he does not hesitate to disguise himself as a teacher, a military officer, a Chinese literati, a librarian, among other whimsical characters. Gigantic and colourful, Wang’s photographs interweave Western and Chinese pictorial traditions, revolution imagery, humour, and acerbic critique of Chinese society.
Photography Friday is a regular feature from Shanghaiist in association with Photography of China, Marine Cabos’s fantastic trilingual blog about photography and photographers in China.