Quentin Shih (a.k.a Shi Xiaofan)
Quentin Shih (a.k.a. Shi Xiaofan), born in Tianjin, China in 1975, lives and works as photographer/artist in New York and Beijing. As one of the leading young Chinese photographers, Quentin Shih is well recognized for his individualistic style which utilizes vast sets and dramatic lighting to engage in emotional narratives.
A self-taught photographer, in college he began to shoot photos of local underground musicians and artists. After graduation, he came to Beijing to develop his career as a professional photographer/artist. From 2000 to 2002, he participated in exhibitions in China and America with his fine art photographic works. His works have since been collected by American museums such as the Danforth Museum of Art and the Worchester Art Museum.
During the last few years his interests have moved into commercial and fashion photography. He has worked for top commercial clients and international publications such as Adidas, Microsoft, Sony, Siemens, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire. His advertising campaigns have won numerous prestigious international advertising and photography awards. In 2007, Quentin was named "Photographer of the Year" by Esquire Magazine (China). He has also been selected by Christian Dior as one of twenty Chinese artists to participate in their exhibition "Dior with Chinese Contemporary Artists".
“I had to shoot the Dior models in Paris,” Quentin says, “so I came up with the idea of putting them into a glass box. The glass divides the room into two worlds – one for Dior models and one for Chinese people – both finding each other mysterious and strange. But they can’t communicate with each other through the glass. So I named the series The Stranger in the Glass Box.”