Introducing Quentin Shih "Shanghai Dreamers"

QUENTIN SHIH (a.k.a. SHI XIAOFAN), born in Tianjin, China in 1975, lives and works as a photographer/artist between New York and Beijing.

A self-taught photographer, he began to shoot photos in college for local underground musicians and artists . After graduation, he came to Beijing to develop his career as a professional photographer/artist. From 2000 to 2002, he participated in exhibitions in China and America with his fine art photographic works and his works have been collected by American museums, such as the Danforth Museum of Art and the Worcester Art Museum.

During the last few years, his interests have moved into commercial and fashion photography, producing work for top commercial clients and international publications such as Adidas, Microsoft, Sony, Siemens, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire. His advertising campaigns work have won numerous prestigious international advertising and photography awards. In 2007, Quentin was named 'Photographer of the Year' by Esquire Magazine (China). In the following year, he was selected by Christian Dior as one of the twenty Chinese contemporary artists to participate in their exhibition "Dior with Chinese Contemporary Artists."

As one of the leading young Chinese photographers, Quentin Shih is well recognized for his individual artistic style which utilizes vast sets and dramatic lighting to engage in emotional narratives. Now, he is returning to his roots in fine art photography and challenging its techniques and concepts into his commercial and fashion photography in order to achieve a unique symbiosis.


Shanghai dreamers No.3 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  

Shanghai dreamers No.7 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  


Shanghai dreamers No.1 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  


Shanghai dreamers No.2 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  


Shanghai dreamers No.4 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  


Shanghai dreamers No.5 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  


Shanghai dreamers No.6 2010 c print edition 8 44 x 44 in, 60 x 60 in  




RECENT HONORS:
- Merit Award in the personal work category for the PDN magazine’s ‘The Look: Where Fashion Meets Art’ contest (2010)
- President Scholarship Award for the Photo Global program from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2009)
- Finalist of the ITS EIGHT contest, Italy (2009)
- Winner in the Fine Art Category at the 2009 Hasselblad Masters Award (2009)
- Nominated for the New York Photo Awards 2008 in the category of advertising photography/series (2008)
- Second place in the Advertising Photography Category at the International Photography Award (IPA) 2008 (2008)
- MSN/Microsoft print advertising campaign wins the Gold Award at the 15th China Advertising Festival (2008)
- Merit Award in the Advertising category for PDN magazine's 'PIX Digital 2008' contest (2008)
- Awarded 'Photographer Of the Year' by Esquire Magazine (China) (2007)
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RECENT EXHIBTIONS:
- 2010 --------
- Christian Dior – Hong Kong Moment, Hong Kong (solo)
- 2010 --------
- Ritual Of Remembrance, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
- PhotoGlobal – New Release, Brooklyn, New York (group)
- Christian Dior - Shanghai Dreamers, Shanghai, China (solo)
- 2009 --------
- Christian Dior presents photographs by Quentin Shih, Costa Mesa, California, US (solo)
- The Stranger in the Glass Box, ION Art Gallery, Singapore (solo)
- Women of Many Faces - Portraits of Isabelle Huppert,  Ullens Center for Contemporary  Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (group)
- Christian Dior, 60 years in photography, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (group)
- 2008 --------
- Dior with Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (group)

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EDUCATIONS:
1994-1998
Southeast University, Nanjing, China
2009-2010
PhotoGlobal, artist residency program, School of Visual Arts, New York

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