Born 1987, Changchun, Jilin. Died Feb. 2017

Shot with an ordinary point-and-click camera, Ren Hang’s photographs celebrated spontaneity and nudity in a culture that tends to disapprove of both. His models were friends or admirers whom he posed, usually indoors, with a minimum of planning. Deadpan expressions, flat backdrops and startling colour contrasts add to the images’ surreal playfulness: the artist, who took up photography to relieve chronic depression, used to say he would never continue a shoot unless everyone was having fun.

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