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!


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.

All photos: Hannes Knutsson-Hall.


The general China design and/or fashion scene speaks to many from the world’s North, East, South and West. Take for example Hannes Knutsson-Hall straight in from high up North. A Swedish photographer, experimental filmmaker and video reporter, this son of a glove-designer (yep!) mom has been based in Beijing for some three years and counting. (Jag är ledsen if this count is slightly incorrect. Apologies for my non-existent Svenska as wel.)