Photographer Friday: Zhong Lin

Malaysian-born, Taipei-based photographer Zhong Lin (pinyin: Zhong Ling) is really one of my favorites. I love her whimsical style and bold use of colors that seem to bring fairytale settings to life. Her subjects always feel so filled with life, and each frame tells a story. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite celebrity photoshoots by her.

Previous photographer round-ups: Chen Man’s Chinese steampunk, Luo Yang’s raw femininity, Xiaoming’s frames , Fan Xin’s people and their surroundings

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Friday Photos

Wang Kai as an economics crimes detective in Hunting. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!

Magazine spreads, photo shoots and stills that recently caught our eye.

Aaron Yan as Prince Jing of Nirvana in Fire for an upcoming variety show. How does he compare to Wang Kai’s original version?
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The Last Emperor actresses Joan Chen, Vivian Wu in their first cover together

Joan Chen X Vivian Wu

In many ways, Chinese-American actresses Joan Chen and Vivian Wu have similar trajectories in life. They both became movie stars in their native Shanghai, went on to attend college in the U.S. and become American citizens, were shot into fame in Hollywood with The Last Emperor, spent years playing mostly supporting roles in Hollywood, and now have returned to the Chinese entertainment industry, even guest starring together in Ruyi’s Royal Love. Joan Chen recently directed her second Chinese-languge film English 英格力士 , while Vivian Wu recently produced and starred in Dead Pigs 海上浮城, the directorial debut of Cathy Yan ( who is currently directing DC’s Birds of Prey ).

And now, here’s their first cover together in the 30+ years they’ve known each other, as photographed by Feng Hai.

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Cast of Ruyi recreates vintage Qing dynasty photos

False history: The concubines scheming to overthrow the emperor together.

Photographer Yin Chao used  wet plate processing and large format cameras to recreate vintage Qing-dynasty looks for currently streaming series Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace.   (FYI The camera was invented after Qianlong’s death, but there are definitely photos of later Qing dynasty harems) . Watch the series starring Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo on Youtube here. (more…)

Photoshoot Round-up: Actresses over 50

These Chinese actresses over 50 are timelessly beautiful no matter what their age

Last time I posted the photoshoot of over 40 celebs together, a couple of you guys mentioned being in interested in photos of celebsover 40, so here it is featuring Gong Li, Kara Hui, Jiang Wenli, Vivian Wu Junmei, Carina Lau, and Joan Chen. I did 50+ instead of 40+  because there was simply too many otherwise.

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