Photo Tools: Ren Hang

 Courtesy Ren Hang Studio, Beijing. 

Courtesy Ren Hang Studio, Beijing. 

Who is Ren Hang? 

Ren Hang was born in 1987 and died in 2017. He is known for his images of nudes, in which multiple people are stacked, layered, contorted and juxtaposed with living, dead animals and flowers. Although his work is sexual and explicit it never crosses into exploitation or demeans his subjects.  I admire the distinctiveness of his style and subject matter along with his ability to create such work in China. 


Gear

Ren used simple and affordable gear which fit his style as well. He was usually found in a plain white t-shirt and white shoes. 

Camera: Minolta 110 Zoom, the 110 is getting pretty hard to find but the 115 is very similar 

Film: Fujicolor 200

Clothes: white shirt and white vans

My Favorite Photos 

 "[Ren Hang's] works interpreted sex in a Chinese way, which contained a sense of loss and sorrow,"  Weiwei

"[Ren Hang's] works interpreted sex in a Chinese way, which contained a sense of loss and sorrow," Weiwei

 "But it is very difficult to shoot nudes in China. People are more bound by traditional and conservative attitudes toward the body. They think it’s a degradation, even a demoralization, to show what they think should be private. They generally abhor nudity here. We hide the body in our culture." Ren Hang to  Purple Magazine

"But it is very difficult to shoot nudes in China. People are more bound by traditional and conservative attitudes toward the body. They think it’s a degradation, even a demoralization, to show what they think should be private. They generally abhor nudity here. We hide the body in our culture." Ren Hang to Purple Magazine

 "“I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.” Ren Hang to  Taschen  (NSFW)

"“I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.” Ren Hang to Taschen (NSFW)

Books 

Ren Hang by Taschen (NSFW link)

References

Most of his gear and technique I found in this video (NSFW)