Photographer Friday: Liu Zongyuan

Known for his use of light to decorate his objects, Liu Zongyuan’s photographs often feel like they come from the impressionist school of painting. You might remember him from the famous Mulan-like photoshoot he did for Liu Yifei, but that photoshoot is not even up there among his best. He often brings an ethereal beauty to his subjects and their surroundings. Liu Yifei is probably Liu Zongyuan’s most common muse and the one who put him on the map, but he is also a frequent collaborator with actresses like Liu Shishi (who loves him so much she got him to do her wedding shoot) and Li Qin.

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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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Government-endorsed COVID-19 drama series releases trailer

Standing Together 在一起 revolves around China’s pandemic response, and will be split into 10 X 2 episode stories:

  • The Turning Point: Zhou Yiwei, Tan Zhuo, Zhang Tian’ai, Mei Ting
  • Ferryman: Lei Jiayin, Ni Ni, Zhang Jingchu, Jiang Xin
  • Rescuer: Zhu Yawen, Xu Lu
  • Together: Yang Yang, Zhao Jinmai, Zhang Yunlong, Ren Zhong
  • 24 Hour Search: Huang Jingyu, Li Xiaoran
  • Wuhan People: Liu Mintao, Jia Nailiang, Ni Dahong
  • Fangcang Hospital: Jin Dong, Sun Jiayu, Mao Xiaohui
  • I Am Dalian: Deng Lun, Li Qin, Dong Jie, Liu Lin
  • Face Mask: Hai Qing, Feng Shaofeng, Dong Xuan
  • Construction of Huoshenshan: Chen Shu

The drama is slated to premiere on all major television networks in October.

Friday Photos

Jing Boran is probably one of like two men in Chinese entertainment who can look hip and not hobo in this hairstyle.

Stills, posters, and photoshoots that caught our eyes. What caught yours?

Recreated Song Dynasty pearl make-up and horn crown from Serenade of Peaceful Joy. The use of ivory and rhino horns in crowns were banned by our protagonist the Emperor Renzong of Song because he thought them too indulgent and unnecessary.
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