Ten Directions(Xiamem): The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Three Shadows Photography Award

1 September - 3 November 2018

Organizer: Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre

Opening: 15:00, September 1, 2018

Duration: 9:30 - 17:30, September 1–November 3, 2018 (Closed on Mondays)

Location: Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre (No. 301, Building 2, Xinglinwan Business Center, Jimei District, Xiamen)

Tele: +86 592 6372133


Standard Admisssion: 30 RMB

Discount Price: 20 RMB

Free admission on the opening day

(Tickets proceeds are dedicated to supporting Three Shadows Photography Art Centre's nonprofit programs.)


Art Directors: RongRong&inri

Curator: SHEN Chen


BING Nv, CAI Dongdong, CHEN Xiaoyi, CHENG Xinhao, CHU Chu, DAI Jianyong, DU Yanfang, FENG Li, HUANG Jing, HUANG Xiaoliang, JIANG Pengyi, 9mouth, LI Jun, LIANG Xiu, LIN Zhipeng (aka 223), LIU Zhangbolong, LUYanpeng, LUO Yang, QIU, SUN Yanchu, Taca SUI, WANG Lin, WANG Tuo, Yan WANG Preston, WEI Bi, XU Lijing, YANG Yuanyuan, ZHANG Jin, ZHANG Wenxin, ZHANG Xiao, ZHANG Zhizhou, ZHU Lanqing


Over the last ten years, the Three Shadows Photography Award has devoted itself to identifying new trends in Chinese photography, placing particular emphasis on artists and artworks with an independent spirit and potential. Through the investigation, organization, and study of Chinese contemporary photography, the Three Shadows Photography Award introduced emerging Chinese contemporary photography to a wider audience, driving the development of Chinese contemporary photography. The Three Shadows Photography Award offers a window for the world to better understand the power and diversity of contemporary photography in China.


After the exhibition “Outward Expressions, Inward Reflection” by four young photographers in April 2008, Three Shadows announced the open call for the Three Shadows Photography Award, and began the process of evaluating the entries and planning the exhibition. With the enthusiastic support of partner institutions and young photographers, the 2008-2009 judging and exhibition was well-received by photographers, and “Points of Impact” became the first Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition. Over the course of “Points of Impact,” “Confluence,” “Myriad Visions,” “Crossover,” “Essential Impressions,” “Formless,” “Detachment,” “Immeasurable,” “Allegory,” and “Interlink,” the Three Shadows Photography Award attracted submissions from over 5,000 photographers and artists globally and helped introduce over 200 photographers and artists as finalists.


Over these ten years, we have invited to Three Shadows museum directors and curators (e.g. Simon Baker and Quentin Bajac etc.) from the art world’s most important museums (including the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles etc.) and important photographers (e.g. Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff etc.). The majority of them came to China for the first time in association with the prize. Together, they have participated in and witnessed the births of the stars of a new generation of Chinese photographers.


To commemorate the significance of this annual tradition, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre has organized “Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Three Shadows Photography Award.”The exhibition presents the latest work from a selection of young artists – all participants in past editions of the award. We have invited Karen Smith, Gu Zheng, Iizawa Kotaro, Tsai Meng, and other experts from China and abroad to write academic essays for the exhibition catalog. During the run of the exhibition, Three Shadows will hold a series of discussions and forums with scholars and artists to reflect upon the development of Chinese photography.


“Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Three Shadows Photography Award” presents the diverse photographic practices of young Chinese artists over the last ten years and a review and summary of the achievements of the Three Shadows Photography Award. We invite viewers to transcend the static definition of photography and consider the visions and emotions inspired by the medium. “Ten Directions”sets a scene, helping the audience understand how Chinese photographers and artists work with photos, moving forward and pushing boundaries.