Hai Zhang


Hai ZHANG was born in 1976 in Kunming, China. He moved to the United States in 2000, after receiveing his diploma in Chongqing University, and worked in New York as an architect.

While photography had always been an essence in his personal and professional life, in 2008, he decided to devote himself completely to photography. His concerns of the human conditions has been explored through photograph whether his intimate personal subjects and of broader projects related to society at large. While he has dedicated a great deal of energy and time to photograph in China and the Deep South of the United States, he has alsotraveled to Costa Rica, Russia and Southeast Asia for projects.

Hai Zhang is also interested in making photography books not for a presentation but an integral investigative process to examine the subjects and photography itself. He has been applying the permutation and variation in book making for his short and long term projects as well as subject matters.

Currently, he commutes between New York and China.



:: Master of Architecture, Florida International University, Miami - Floride - USA
1999 :: Bachelor of Architecture, Chongqing University, Chongqing - CHINE

Solo exhibitions (selection)


2015 :: Between Destinations, Lianzhou Foto Festival 2015, Lianzhou, ZH
  :: Border Area, Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Museum and Exhibition Center, Moscou, RU
2014 :: Everywhere - Nowhere, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, US
2013 :: Unintended Homecoming, Galerie Voies Off, Arles - FR
  :: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost, Galerie du Tableau, Marseille - FR
  :: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost, Galerie Voies Off, Marseille-Provence 2013, Capitale Européenne de la Culture, Arles - FR
2012 :: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost, Bursa International Photography Festival - TURQUIE
  :: My Goal is Never Ending, Pingyao Inteernational Photography Festival, Pingyao - CHINE
2007 :: Story Telling - A personal gathering time, Chang Gallery, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas - USA

Group exhibitions (selection)

2015 :: Voies Off Editions, Group exhibition at Voies Off Gallery, Arles - FRANCE
  :: Face to Place, Group exhibition at The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, New York - US
  :: Face to Place, Group exhibition at New York Foundation for the Arts, New York - US
2014 :: Collection Voies Off, Group exhibition at Galerie Binôme, Paris - FRANCE
  :: Draftmen Draft, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, US
  :: Voies Off Gallery, Slick Attitude Art Fair, Paris - FRANCE
  :: Collection Voies Off, Group exhibition at Hôtel de Luppé, Voies Off festival, Arles - FRANCE
  :: Raising the Temperature - Art in Environmental Reactions, Group exhibition at the Queens Museum, New-York - US

:: Contemporary documentary photography in the ever-changing Chinese landscape - Threee Visions: Lu Guang, Muge, Hai    Zhang, Chobi Mela  International Photography Festival, Bangladesh Shipakala Academy, Dhaka - BANGLADESH

  :: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost in Come again! Seen-Unseen, Galerie Bu, Istanbul - TURQUIE
  :: Borderland in the Russian Moment Expedition G20, The Russian Museum, Saint-Petersbourg - RUSSIE
  :: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost, Vivacom Art Centre, Sofia - BULGARIE
2012 :: America Through a Chinese Lens, Museum of Chinese in America, New-York - USA
  :: Great Photographs, Luise Ross Gallery, New-York - USA
2011 :: Southern Memories: Part 2, SlowExposures Photography Festival, Molena - GEORGIE
2010 :: Southern Memories: Part 1, SlowExposures Photography Festival, Molena - GEORGIE
  :: 2010 Valorate, VIII Colectiva de Arte, San Jose Historical Customs House, San Jose - COSTA RICA
2009 :: The 13d Annual Friends Without a Border’s Photography Exhibition & Auction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New-York - USA
  :: The 1st Friends Without a Border Annual Los Angeles Exhibition & Auction, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood - California - USA
  :: East / West, D3 Space for Culture and Art, Brooklyn - New-York - USA
2008 :: Meditation in Contemporary Chinese Landscape, Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College, Queens - New York - USA
  :: To Kill a Mockingbird, 2008 China Shandong International Contemporary Photography Biennial, Museum of Shandong University of Art & Design, Jinan - Shandong province - CHINE 
  :: Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See, a film by Javier Tellez, collaborative work, Whitney Biennial 2008, Whiteney Museum of American Arts, New York - USA
2007 :: By Pass – Pass By, Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial 2007, Jingse Gallery, Chongqing, CHINE
  :: Story Board, Amerasia Bank Gallery, Queens - New York - USA

2006 :: Beyond Measure, New York Taipei Cultural Center, New York - USA
  :: Untitled from To Kill a Mockingbird Series, SohoPhoto National Photography Competition, SohoPhoto Gallery, New York - USA
2005 :: Aphasia, 15th Annual Exhibition of Asian American Arts Centre, Asian American Arts Centre, New York - USA
2004 :: In Situ, Exhibition Hall of Chelsea Hotel, New York - USA

Publications & Articles

2013 :: Lost in China, Photo District News - Photo of Today, 29.01.2013
  :: Interview of Hai ZHANG, Le Journal de La Photographie, 29.01.2013
  :: Interview of Hai ZHANG, Radio 3D FM, Arles, France, Jan. 2013

:: Poor Accommodations, ChinaFile, a Project of the Center of US-China Relations at Asia Society, New-York, Avril 2013


:: Pressures and Distortions, ChinaFile, a Project of the Center of US-China Relations at Asia Society, New-York, Avril 2013

2012 :: Pressure and Distortion – The Challenge of Affordable Housing in China, Shenzhen and Shanghai, P. 16-118, (Rafael Vinoly Architecture Research Fellowship)
  :: Neon magazine, «Verliebst du dich zu leicht», n°7 (Allemagne)
  :: 월간사진, Marlous van der Sloot, vol. 532, Mai 2012 (Corée)
2010 :: Featured Immigrant Artist of the Month, New York Foundation of Arts, Juin 2010
  :: To Document the Unprivileged People in China via Lens, Singtao Daily, New York, 11 juin 2010
2009 :: Hai Zhang’s Photo Documentary Project, The PhotoDaily Magazine, Hong Kong, Août 2009
2008 :: A Journey towards Comprehension, OZ Journal, an Architecture and Planning Journal by Kansas State University, Oct. 2008
2007 :: To Kill a Mockingbird, Featured project on FILE Magazine, Sept. 2007
2006 :: Beyond Measure, Exhibition Catalogue, New York
  :: The Lay Life, a photo essay of the Buddhist Practice in America, Columbia Journal of American Studies, Columbia University, New York

Awards & Grants

2015 :: Unintended Homecoming, Best 50 Photobook Dummies, 2014 Kassel Photobook Dummy Awards, Fotobook Festival, Kassel -DE
2010 :: Under the Glory of Shanghai 2010 Expo, Honorable Mention in Professional Editorial Category, International Photography Awards, New York - USA
  :: Artist in Residence, Monte Azul Center of Art and Design, COSTA RICA
2009 :: Rafael Vinoly Architecture Research Fellowship, New York - USA
2008 :: Artist in Residence, Monte Azul Center of Art and Design, COSTA RICA


Asian American Arts Center, New York, New York
The College of Architecture, Planning and Design, Kansas University, Manhattan - Kansas - USA
The Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York - USA



2011 :: Instructor, New New Yorker Photography Workshop, Queens Museum of Art, Queens - New York - USA
  :: Visiting Critic of Contemporary Design Seminar, the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Kansas State University, Manhattan - Kansas - USA
2009 :: Visiting Professor, School of Constructed Environment, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, New York