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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Fan Bingbing by Liu Zongyuan

Fan Bingbing and photographer Liu Zongyuan paint a delicate summer scene in this latest photoshoot. Liu Zongyuan really has a knack for capturing a traditional Chinese aesthetic while using almost solely Western tools, and this is Fan Bingbing at her best.

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Liu Yifei’s Mulan promos have begun!

Liu Yifei’s Mulan promotions have begun! Here’s the first of undoubtedly many photoshoots. With a theme of duality that also mirrors the ballad of Hua Mulan, this photoshoot is by Liu Zongyuan of the Mulan-like photoshoot. Supposedly each picture is a line of the poem, so below the cut is my attempt at matching sections of the ballad with the pictures.

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Li Qin in Mauritius

If this photo was a movie poster, I’d go see it.

Li Qin is sometimes a warrior treading water to return home, and sometimes a fairy dancing atop a cliff in this Mauritius travel photoshoot by Liu Zongyuan.

The actress just finished up filming The Perfect Blue and has four upcoming dramas  –  The Wolf with Darren Wang, Fights Breaking Sphere opposite Wu Lei, Tears in Heaven with Shawn Dou, and Thankful for the Remaining Year with Zhang Ruoyun.

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