About Early WorkThis collection includes Han Lei's early work, specifically the photos he took from 1980's into the 1990's, when he was a student at the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts. The black and white images capture the local atmosphere of a China that hadn't been accelerated by globalisation in the 1980s, but had kept an overall traditional taste. Han Lei's nostalgic lens takes us into the ancient buildings, the quiet, the things that are no longer.
About Han Lei
Han Lei has been documenting urban life in China since the 1980s. He graduated from the Central Academy of Art and Design (now Tsinghua University School of Art and Design) in 1989, majoring in book binding. Since his sophomore year, he began to create photography. From Beijing to Shenzhen, Han Lei took a lot of street scenes and portraits from north to south, intentionally or unintentionally recording some short moments before the great changes of the next era. And those moments are precisely the collective memories that countless people linger on right now.
His photographs insert a sense of authorship and intent into the documentation. The overwhelming mood in Han Lei’s work is nostalgia. In nostalgia Han Lei finds timelessness. He loves images that freeze mobility, images that become immutable and lasting representatives.
Han Lei obsessively explores the space between real and artificial, beauty and ugliness, whether walking through the streets as close as possible to the real or through his strange, colourful portraits.
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