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About Zhang Jingna

Born 1988 in Beijing, Jingna lives and works in New York City.

A former rifle shooter, Jingna was a Commonwealth Games medalist and represented Singapore in ISSF World Cups from 2002-2008. She was a student at Raffles Girl’s School and Lasalle College of the Arts until the age of 19, where she dropped out and self-published her first photobook, “Something Beautiful”.

In the years since, Jingna's photography has been featured on international editions of Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar. Her solo exhibitions include venues at The Arts House and Japan Creative Centre in Singapore, and group exhibits include Milan, New York, Hong Kong, and Beijing; with brands such as Vogue Italia, Clé de Peau Beauté, and Tsinghua University.

Jingna was the youngest Fellow admitted to Master Photographers Association (UK) in 2009, Photographer of the Year at ELLE Awards Singapore in 2011, and was a recipient of the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in 2015. She is an alumna of Stanford Ignite in New York City, and her works are represented by Trunk Archive, the world's leading image licensing agency.

Jingna currently teaches a course on artistic portrait photography at Learn Squared. She is also producing the Motherland Chronicles artbook. In her free time, Jingna enjoys Go, Gundam, Reddit, and Hacker News.

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Her work escapes its own medium. Her photographic portraits seem to transcend, creating the soft and voluptuous color of figural forms reminiscent in symbolist painters of the 19th century. She captures a refreshing perspective of an archetypical lover with a skill free from the bonds of ‘formulation’. There is soul and pure human expression in her works that I believe everyone can relate to present in her portraiture—both the warmth and chill of emotions.
— Kris Kuksi

Selected Exhibitions (Archive)

2016      The One Fest Goa, Goa, India (Group)
              Berlin Foto Biennale, Palazzo Italia, Berlin, Germany (Group)
              American Contemporary Portrait Photography Exhibition - Chi Xun, Ning Bo Contemporary Art Museum, China (Group)
              American Contemporary Portrait Photography Invitational, 16th China International Photographic Art Festival,
                               Zhengzhou, China (Group)
              Sound and Emotion, Carnevale Gallery, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas (Duo)

2015      45 Frames from PhotoVogue, Leica Gallery, Milan (Group, curated by Alessia Glaviano & Chiara Bardelli Nonino)
              Simple Image Mystery, Tsinghua University Academy of Art & Design Art Gallery, Beijing, China (Group)
              Go Seigen Memorial Exhibition, Taipei Public Library, Taiwan (Group)
              Female Energy, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany (Group)
              Staging & Revelation III, Galeria de Arte AFK, Lisbon (Group)
              #WORKinPROGRESS Photography Show, ROOT NYC, New York (Group)

2014      Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (Group, curated by Kris Kuksi)
              UPdate 14, Kaufhaus Jandorf, Berlin (Group)
              Snap! Orlando: “Vintage Nouveau”, Snap! Space, Orlando, FL (Group)

2013      Obsessions: New Generation by Marc by Marc Jacobs with Vulture Magazine, TheatreWorks, Singapore (Group)
              A Glimpse at Photo Vogue, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan (Group)

2012      Harper’s BAZAAR: “Fashion in Focus: Asia Modern”, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur (Group)
              Clé de Peau Beauté – L’Art de La Radiance – 30th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition, Artistree, Hong Kong (Group)

2010      Angel Dreams, Japan Creative Centre, Singapore (Solo)
              Canon FSO Focus On Fashion Photography Street Exhibition, Orchard Rd, Singapore (Solo)
              Harper’s BAZAAR: “Spectacular Sights”, ION Orchard, Singapore (Group)
              Arts + Fashion, A Fashion Photography Exhibition, ActuallyActually, Singapore (Group)
              Yangon Photo Festival – Exhibition of International Photographers, Alliance Française, Myanmar (Group)

2008     Zhang Jingna–Selections, Klee Bar, Singapore (Solo)
              Something Beautiful, The Arts House, Singapore (Solo)
 

Selected Clients

Awards & Accolades

2016      Top 20 Fine Art, Top 100 Photographers on the Web, XXLPix
              Top 100 Photographers on the Web, XXLPix

2015      Recipient, 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award
              Winner, Fine Art, 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers
              Winner, Nude & Figure, 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers

2014      Finalist, GoSee Awards, Berlin, Germany
              Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Nudes and Fine Art: Portrait, International Photography Awards

2013      Young Photographer of the Year, Mobius Awards
              Best of, Photo Vogue, Vogue Italia
              Best Beauty/Glamor Photographer, FRAMED Awards, Las Vegas, USA
              Best Fashion/Editorial Photographer Nomination, FRAMED Awards, Las Vegas, USA

2012      25 Scene Shakers Under 25, Her World, Singapore
              Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Portraits, Fine Art: Nudes, and Advertising: Fashion, International Photography Awards

2011       Photographer of the Year, ELLE Awards, Singapore
              Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Portraits, Fine Art: Nudes, and Advertising: Fashion, International Photography Awards

2010     50 Most Inspiring Women Under 40, Her World, Singapore
             Featured Artist, Be Empowered Campaign, Canon Singapore
             Top 100 Photographers on Twitter, Pixiq.com
             Top 5 Photographers of the Year, POCO.CN

2009    Overseas Master Photographer of the Year, Master Photography Awards, Newcastle, UK
             Youngest Fellowship recipient, Master Photographers Association, Newcastle, UK
             3rd in Advertising and Fine Arts, International Photography Awards
             3rd Place in Commercial: Fashion/Advertising, WPPI Awards of Excellence Print Competition

2008    Overseas Fashion Photographer of the Year, British Professional Photography Awards, Newcastle, UK
             Overseas Fashion and Contemporary Portraits Winner, British Professional Photography Awards, Newcastle, UK

2007    Master Photographer of the Year, Singapore Master Photographer Print Competition, Singapore

2006    Sportsgirl of the Year, Singapore Sports Awards, Singapore
             Bronze Medal (Team), 10m Air Rifle Women, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia

2005    Gold Medal (Individual), 10m Air Rifle Women, Commonwealth Shooting Championships, Melbourne, Australia
             Gold Medal (Pairs), 10m Air Rifle Women, Commonwealth Shooting Championships Melbourne


Selected Bibliography

2016     Yves Peitzner, What’s Next, Messe München, February 2016
             "Zhang Jingna", 365 Awesome Photographers, February 2016

2015     Clive Woodyear, “Fashion and Beauty”, How to Take Great Photographs, RLG Publishing, 2015, 38-39.
             Karen Triedman, “Color in Photography - Surrealism and Post Surrealism”, Colour: The Professional’s Guide, Ilex Press, 2015
             Manami Okazaki, "Zemotion", Kimono Now, Prestel Publishing, 2015, 181-121.
             William Sawalich, "Zhang Jingna: Fashion In Full Bloom", Digital Photo Pro Magazine, March/April, 2015, 44-50. (Cover)
             Natalia Fedoruk, "Zhang Jingna", Beautiful Bizarre Issue 008, March 2015, 24-35.
             Lucas Vigliocco, “The Fine Creations of Zhang Jingna”, Wow/Crazy, March 5, 2015.
             JR Thorpe, "5 Young Female Photographers You Need To Know About", Bustle.com, February 15, 2015.
             "'Motherland Chronicles' – Chinese fashion photographer and GoSeeAWARDS14 Finalist Jingna Zhang creates impressive                                dreamscapes.", GoSee News, February 5, 2015.

2014     Nastia Voynovskaya, “Zhang Jingna’s Photographs of Fairytale-esque Beauties”, Hi-Fructose Magazine Blog, Dec 16, 2014.
             Leslie Tane, "Fantasy Meets Photography In The Striking Images of Zhang Jingna", Beautiful Decay, December 5, 2014.
             “The Erotic Works of Beijing’s Zhang Jingna”, Juxtapoz Magazine, November 24, 2014.
             Orson Scott Card, “US Army in Europe, Time-Lapse Painting”, Rhino Times, Reviews, Vol. II No. 47, November 20, 2014, 26.
             Terry Hope, "One Step At A Time", Photo Professional, April 2014, 24-29. (Cover)
             Milene Zozaya, “Zhang Jingna”, Panico Magazine, March 2014, 28-29.
             Demi Dong, "美、即时尚", Portrait Photography China, Feature, February 2014, 68-77. (Cover)
             Gary Evans, "Hitting the Motherlode", ImagineFX, February 2014, 25.
             Lisa Granshaw, “‘Motherland Chronicles’ combines photography and fantasy art like nothing you've seen before”, The Daily                           Dot, January 15, 2014.

2013     Brian Ashcraft, "Where Fashion Meets Japanese Fantasy and StarCraft II", Kotaku, November 28, 2013.
             Laurence Butet-Roch, "The Kids Are Alright", British Journal of Photography, Sept 2013, 32-39. (Cover)
             Eric Calouro, “An Interview with Photographer Zhang Jingna”, PetaPixel, August 14, 2013.
             Jacquie Ang, "Get Framed", August Woman, June 2013, 160-161.
             Alessia Glaviano, "A Glimpse At Photo Vogue", Vogue.it, Vogue Arts, May 2, 2013.
             Sienna Sewon Jun, “Photography in Motion: Zhang Jingna on Fashion Photography and DeviantART”, OUT OF ORDER, Apr 2013.
             Kasia Mroczkowska, "FireWorks In The Night", Slave Mag, Interview, April 2013, 70-75.

2012     Phuong My, “Majestic”, Astonish Magazine, Winter 2012, 192-200. (Cover)
             Jeff Kim, “Zhang Jingna—Aesthetic Manifestation”, Cadred, August 30, 2012.
             Fox Tu, “天才摄影师,The Dark Romance”, VOGUE China, July 2012.
             Noelle Loh, "25 Scene Shakers Under 25", Her World Singapore, Feature, May 2012.
             Renée Batchelor, "Elle Awards 2011", Elle Singapore, February 2012, 93.
             “Top 20 Young Photographers”, Expert Photography, January 2012.

2011      Yingsey Wang, “Zhang Jingna or ‘zemotion’”, Varsity Online, Fashion, November 22, 2011.
             Catherine Hall and Sarah Lane, “TWiT Photo 32: Jingna Zhang”, TWiT Photo, November 8, 2011.
             Ga Ram Park, "Zhang Jingna", Estetica Korea, Photography, March 2011, 114-115.
             Angela D’Souza, “Zhang Jingna - Changing Places, Perspectives and Positions”, Amelie G Style Magazine, Spring 2011.
             Yuli Hu, “Zhang Jingna”, OMNI TV, Mandarin Weekend Show, January 4, 2011.

2010     Stacey Anne Rodrigues, "ELLE 10 - The Next Big Thing", Elle Singapore, October 2010, 119.
             “50 Most Inspiring Women Under 40”, Her World Singapore, July 2010.
             Deepika Shetty, “Japanese Inspired”, The Straits Times, Life!, Life Arts, June 3, 2010.
             Rohaizatul Azhar, "Shooting Stars", The Straits Times, Urban, April 2, 2010.

2009    Alex Sun, “黑暗中的舞者(Dancer in the darkness)”, CGArt Magazine, December 2009, 32-33.
             British Journal of Photography, October 2009. (Cover)
             "Zhang Jingna—IPA Awards 2009", Picture Magazine, Sept/Oct 2009. (Cover)
             "Melancholy as an Aesthetic Emotion", DesignTAXI, Interview, August 19, 2009.
             “New Talents of Photography”, VISION Magazine, July 2009.
             Eva Chan, "Talented 20s", Silkwinds, Jan/Feb 2009, 23, 25.

2008    "Gone", Digital Photo, Gallery, December 2008, 10-11.
             Digital Photo, Gallery, October 2008, 8-9. (Cover)
             Calvin Yang, "Shooting for her dreams", MyPaper, September 12, 2008.
             “To give up fame and glory for a dream”, YouthSG, September 1, 2008.
             “Perspectives: Zhang Jingna”, TODAY, September 2008.
             David Kilpatrick, “Jingna Zhang”, Master Photo Digital, Feature, February 2008, 25-31. (Cover)
             Jimmy Chen, "Zhang Jingna", Idea Designs Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008, 36-45.


Speaking Engagements

2016      The One Fest Goa, Goa, India
              Lecture, Laguna College of Art + Design, California
2015      Eye-catching Portraits with an Artistic Touch, Profoto, Shanghai & Guangzhou, China
              Creative Juice Expo, Anaheim, California
2013      CAPTURED Photography Conference, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico
2012      Fashion & Beauty Photography Workshop, Studio f8, Singapore
2010      Lecture, Laguna College of Art + Design, California
              Canon—Be Empowered: A Photography Seminar for Women, Singapore
2009     Lecture, Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive and Digital Media, Singapore
              Lecture, Profoto, Singapore
2008     Lecture, Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive and Digital Media, Singapore