Wang Wei is still in his 20’s, and lives in Beijing, China. He got into photography by the back door. Let me explain. In high school he began shooting,…with his cell phone! He got so good, he thought, “It’s time to make the leap.” And so, he got his first 35mm camera.
Wang Wei and 35mm Love
But, he feels no limitations and loves Beijing. He feels it’s explosions of color and yummy food make up for any downsides. And 35mm is the truest medium for capturing the unique realities of China and it’s youth culture.
While the first 2 cameras he owned were a film Samsung and a wide angle Konica Lexio70, he learned a lot. Next step? A Leica Minilux Zoom. While many Americans would frown on such a choice, (being a zoom), this is China. Actually, even the zoom version is quite good. And his talent overcame any obstacles a less talented photographer might encounter. That was just a few years ago.
Although he does use flash, he really likes natural light portraits. And his extensive body of work has become a true recording of the underground youth of China. An artistic mission of pretty punk and sensual goings-on. Whether the politico likes it or not. The real reveal is,…youth is the same everywhere.
The Sexy Youth of China
He loves using his camera just to “capture the freedom, reality and creativity of youth in contemporary China.” His photos are like a jar of marmalade,…moist, sweet and colorful. He was selected to shoot the Unif campaign for Autumn. All on 35mm! His work is always original in compostion,…and sexy. Whether he’s trying or not. I think the delicious youth of a 21st century China just add the right amount of spice to an already spicy dish.
We are expecting him making inroads with a Western expansion so commercial on. Galleries are interested, magazines are calling, and success and wider recognition is just a matter time.