Born in northwestern China, Shaoyi Zhang fell in love with photography when his grandfather, a photojournalist before China’s Cultural Revolution, gave him a Zeiss Ikon folding camera. After a career in editorial and commercial photography in both Shanghai and Auckland, New Zealand, he came to the U.S. to earn his master’s degree in digital photography from New York City’s prestigious School of Visual Arts. Now based in the city, Zhang specializes in studio and location portraiture. His personal work includes a recent series of portraits of successful Chinese professionals living and working in New York City, intended to challenge the stereotypes associated with American immigrants from his native land.

Zhang is now active in both New York and Shanghai.


Chinese in New York (Solo) — YUI gallery, New York 2018

SF Bay Int’l Photo Competition — ACCI Gallery, Berkeley 2019

London Photo Competition — 5th Base Gallery, London 2018

2018 Competition (Online) — The Photo Review, Pennsylvania 2018

Environmental Portrait (Online) — PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont 2018

Photo & Video Intensive — Sony Square NYC, New York 2017

Thesis Show — Detour, SVA Gramercy gallery, New York 2017


Gold Award, SF Bay International Photo Competition

Awardee, Queens Arts Fund, Queens Counsel on the Arts, New York

Finalist, London Photo Competition, London

Nominees, Photography Grant, London

Honorary Award, Digital Camera, China


Featured in A Reflection on Passing Time 2018

Profile Portrait of Leong Ying, The Game of G.O.D 2018

Chinese in New York, Sinovision 2018

Rising Light, Profoto 2017

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