Jingna Zhang is a fashion, beauty and fine art photographer and director. She lives in New York City and Tokyo.
Born in Beijing and raised in Singapore, Jingna spent her formative years growing up with Japanese art, anime and piano. A former national team athlete—Jingna represented Singapore in air rifle shooting, breaking a historic record at the 5th Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Melbourne and ranking 18th at the 2005 World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
At 18, fascinated by the immediacy of digital photography, Jingna bought her first camera and soon developed a keen eye for creating painterly and romantic imageries. By 20, Jingna had worked with Mercedes Benz and Ogilvy & Mather Taiwan, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and published her first photobook, “Something Beautiful". She held her first solo exhibition at The Arts House Singapore the same year.
In 2012, Jingna moved to New York, and since then, her work has been featured on multiple editions of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Jingna was awarded Photographer of the Year at Elle Awards Singapore 2011, and was a recipient of the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. She is an alumna of Stanford Ignite, and previously the founder of a competitive StarCraft II team in North America. In her free time, Jingna enjoys Gundam, cooking and Hacker News.
Vanity Fair Italia
Harper's BAZAAR Vietnam
Harper's BAZAAR Singapore
Harper's BAZAAR Poland
Lancome, Montblanc, Mercedes-Benz, Canon, Pond's, Asia's Next Top Model, Anchor Beer, Phuong My, Wacom, SUGIZO, Sony, Penguin Random House
Awards & Accolades
2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, Arts, Nominee
2017 Gold, Portraiture, Px3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris
Bronze, Fashion, Px3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris
Top 20 Women Photographers on the Web, XXLPix
Top 20 Young Talents, Top Photographers on the Web, XXLPix
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 Exhibitions (Archive)
2017 Pure, Hjo Culture Center, Sweden (Solo)
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)
2017 Emmilyn Yeoh, "Caught in the Moment", Harper's Bazaar Malaysia Interview, October 2017.
"81 Most Amazing Portrait Photographers You Should Know", Smart Photo Courses, April 2017.
"20 Talented and Creative Singaporeans to Keep on Your Radar", Women’s Weekly Singapore, January 2017.
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.
2017 Lighting and Creating Painterly Portraits, Square Enix, Tokyo, Japan
Lighting and Creating Painterly Portraits, Akiba Theater, Tokyo, Japan
Profoto Meets Jingna Zhang, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Lecture, ModelingCafe Inc., Tokyo, Japan
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