Ren Hang, Dian Hanson

Publisher: TASCHEN
Product Code: 9783836562089
Availability: In Stock
Price: 40.00€

Hang, well hung
Chinese photographer Ren lets it all Hang out

Ren Hang, who took his life February 23, 2017, was an unlikely rebel. Slight of build, shy by nature, prone to fits of depression, the 29-year-old Beijing photographer was nonetheless at the forefront of Chinese artists’ battle for creative freedom. Like his champion Ai Weiwei, Ren was controversial in his homeland and wildly popular in the rest of the world. He said, “I don't really view my work as taboo, because I don't think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don't intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.”
Why? Because his models, friends, and in his last years, fans, are naked, often outdoors, high in the trees or on the terrifyingly vertiginous rooftops of Beijing, stacked like building blocks, heads wrapped in octopi, body cavities sprouting phone cords and flowers, whatever enters his mind at the moment. He denied his intentions were sexual, and there is a clean detachment about even his most extreme images: the urine, the insertions, the many, many erections. In a 2013 interview VICE magazine asked, “there are a lot of dicks … do you just like dicks?” Ren responded, “It’s not just dicks I’m interested in, I like to portray every organ in a fresh, vivid and emotional way.” True though that may be, the penises Ren photographed were not just fresh and vivid, but unusually large, making one wonder just where he meets his friends.
In the same piece, Hang also stated, “Gender isn’t important when I’m taking pictures, it only matters to me when I’m having sex,” making him a pioneer of gender inclusiveness. Young fans still eagerly flock to his website, Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr accounts. His photographs, all produced on film, have been the subject of over 20 solo and 70 group shows in his brief six-year career, in cities as disparate as Tokyo, Athens, Paris, New York, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Vienna, and yes, even Beijing. He has self-published eight monographs, in tiny print runs, that now sell for up to $ 600. TASCHEN’s Ren Hang is his only international collection, covering his entire career, with well loved favorites and many never-before-seen photos of men, women, Beijing, and those many, many erections. We take solace remembering Ren’s joy when he first held the book, shared by his long-time partner Jiaqi, featured on the cover.

The photographer:
Ren Hang
was born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, in 1987, and lived in Beijing.

The editor:
Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.


Book Info
Subject photography
Author Ren Hang, Dian Hanson
Series FO
Publication date 2016
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions cm 22,5 x 30,0
Pages 312
Language/s Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Weight 2 kg
Title Publication Date
Ren Hang. Naked/Nude www 02-02-2017
“REN HANG” Dian Hanson www 20-02-2017
Addio a Ren Hang Il Corriere della Sera PDF 25-02-2017
Le fotografie per cui era famoso Ren Hang www 28-02-2017
Ren Hang Playboy PDF 01-03-2017
La libertà del nudo Internazionale PDF 23-03-2017
Nudi e crudi. Sotto, il vuoto Tu Style PDF 12-04-2017
Prohibited Hang Book Moda Uomo PDF 28-06-2017
Tributi fotografici Studio PDF 03-07-2017
5 libri d’arte da regalare a Natale www 20-12-2017
Niente è tabù Vogue Italia PDF 01-03-2019
Ricordando Ren Hang Inside Art www 23-03-2019
Libri sulla fotografia: alcuni consigli di lettura Il Libraio www 07-06-2019
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