Being the “son of” does not necessarily bring one’s fame. This is the case of the Shanghai-born photographer Zhou Haiying (1929-2011), who was the son of the illustrious Chinese writer Lu Xun but who astonishingly remained for a long time unknown. Throughout his career that started around 1946, Zhou Haiying produced more than 20,000 photographs documenting the watershed moment that marked the transition from the Republic of China to the People’s Republic of China (established in 1949 when Chinese Communists defeated the Chinese Nationalist). Indoors an outdoors portraits of middle-class Chinese, crowd scenes during streets processions, children and their fascinating gaze, the hard life of beggars, aerial cityscape and even landscape, it seems almost nothing has escaped his camera lens itself imbued with modernist aesthetics.
See more of Zhou Haiyang’s work at Photography of China and the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art.
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.