High up in the Michael Spano clouds, yet bursting with that in-your-face Basquiat flash-bulb vibrance: Laurent Hou. About photography, Moreau and Hirano. Focus your lenses!


Voltaire once stated, “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” Negative Nancy often states, “Friendship is an illusion.” The term “illusion” appears to be a hotly debated one throughout time. Philosophers and pessimists aside, along came Zhu Lanqing, a young Dragon photographer whose work explores the relationship people establish with their online entourage.  One key question meanders the mind… Is this real or is it all an illusion? 

Known to intimi as Andy, Mr. Houlai is a Shanghai-born, -raised and –based fashion snapper of few words. In his honour, this post shall be equally concise and thus all about those five W’s and one H. The wringer remains… How can any picture be perfect?

Chinese photographers are going global, and the global picture community is focusing on China. From Trunk Xu to Zhang Jingna, the favored by yours truly Yin Chao and the all-round celebrated Chen Man, these togs bring a new picture of China to the cutting table. On the other side, then, we find the foreigners entering China. From Russia to Shanghai, they’re snapping away. One muses: In life… Can we actually capture that one moment?

Nope, still not getting political on here — with the Dalai Lama once again calling for Tibetan unity less than 24 hours ago. I must hereby dutifully avouch that I lack the sufficient knowledge on the topic of  the ” Autonomy Or No Autonomy?” conundrum the region has found itself in since the 2o10 ending of formal negotiations with Beijing. There, I said it. This headline refers to one Total Betty shoot by my personal China photography favorite: Yin Chao (阴超).

A China Fashion Find in Amsterdam via Whatsonweibo: China-born photographer Huang Jianmin roams the streets of Amsterdam immer on the lookout for that one raw vibe, that one authentic NOW moment. Documentary maker Wytse Koetse in “Jimmy on the run” takes us behind the man and his lens: Past, present and future.