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.
Solo Exhibition -- Chinese in New York, YUI gallery, New York 2018
Photo & Video Intensive, Sony Square NYC, New York 2017
Thesis Show -- Detour, SVA Gramercy gallery, New York 2017
Featured in A Reflection on Passing Time 2018
Chinese in New York, Sinovision 2018
Rising Light, Profoto 2017