Friday Photos

September and October are traditionally the most high-quality fashion covers, but it seems like November is way, way better this year. Perhaps because the magazines don’t feel so pressured to have the biggest (safest) names bound by restraints, November covers so far are so much more modern in aesthetics.

Here’s a round-up of photos that caught our eyes recently. If you haven’t seen it yet, I also love Chen Man’s Zhao Wei photoshoot.

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Photographer Friday: Guo Puyuan

Guo Puyuan is one of those photographers whose every work feels like they should be on display in a museum. I only discovered him this year but he already has my top three favorite photoshoots of the year (Zhong Chuxi, Zhou Xun, and Ni Ni’s) .

His photos often have trace elements of surrealism, and his unique use of lighting creates a distinct 3D on 2D look to all his subjects.

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Ni Ni channels Frida in new cropped hair photoshoot

How cool is Ni Ni that the one time she cut her hair in almost ten years, she did a photoshoot in the process?

Reminiscent of Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, every strand of hair strewed across the floor is defiant of what other people thinks she should look like. Famous for her outer appearance and feminine sensuality, Ni Ni hasn’t been allowed by her team to cut her hair since forever. Here, she dons on male suits and wields her own sissors to show that you don’t have to just “love her for her hair”.” Like Frida, she’s documenting her process of creating art. In her case, it’s cutting off her long locks for her upcoming film 1921.

The execution by Ni Ni and Trunk Xu is both visually and conceptually perfect, and this photoshoot is now my favorite Ni Ni photoshoot of the year over the blood rose one by Guo Puyuan.

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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

Game Start poster starring Peng Yuchang and Ding Yuxi, who play a pair of drastically different youths whose lives are switched

Photoshoots, posters, and stills that caught our eyes this week. What caught yours?

The Justice still featuring Cai Wenjing
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