Born 1957 in Xi‘an, China. Lives and works in Beijing.
Gu Changwei is a film director, cinematographer and phootgrapher. A graduate from the legendary 1982 class of the Beijing Film Academy (“the Fifth Generation”, along with Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou), he won the Best Cinematography Award at the Golden Rooster Awards in 1987 with King of the Children (Chen Kaige) and Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou). In 1992, he had an Academy Award Nomination for Best Cinematography for Farewell to My Concubine. In 1996, he won the Best Cinematography Award at the Taiwan Film Golden Horse Awards with In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen). In 1997, he collaborated with American director Robert Altman as director of photography for The Gingerbread Man. In 2000, Jiang Wen’s Devils on the Doorstep, which he photographed, won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, Gu Changwei made his debut as a film director with Peacock, which won him the Grand Jury Prize-Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and the Best Director Award at the Chinese Film Media Awards. More recently, he has released And the Spring Comes (2007), Love on the Cloud (2013), and Nice to meet you (2017). Gu Changwei recently had major exhibitions of his work as an artist, at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai (“I – Gu Changwei's Contemporary Art Exhibition”, 2014) and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing (“The Vision - Gu Changwei's Contemporary Art Works”, 2015).
Born 1968, Chamonix, France. Lives and works in Beijing, China.
Bérénice Angremy is co-director of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, created in 2015 by Rencontres d’Arles and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Xiamen (China), along with Victoria Jonathan. Together they founded Doors 门艺 Art & Culture Agency in 2017 to grow cross-cultural projects between Europe and China.
Bérénice Angremy has lived and worked in China for over 17 years where she established two pioneer art events: one of the first contemporary art festivals, the 798 Dashanzi International Art Festival (2004-2007), with artist Huang Rui, and Caochangdi PhotoSpring - Arles in Beijing, the first festival created in China with Rencontres d’Arles, already in collaboration with photographers RongRong and inri. A graduate of Ecole du Louvre (Art History), she curated several exhibitions including the China program at Rencontres d’Arles 2007, Zhang Dali’s exhibition A Second History in Arles (2009), Action (Denmark Louisiana, 2007), Dior and the Chinese artists (UCCA, 2008) and Revolutionary Times: Chris Marker (Star Beijing, 2012). Bérénice Angremy was the cultural attaché at the French Embassy in China from 2012 to 2017.
Born 1975, Paris, France.
Lives and works in Paris.
Since 2004, Matthieu Orléan has been head of temporary shows at the Cinémathèque Française, where he curated exhibitions such as Dennis Hopper et le nouvel Hollywood (2008), Le Monde enchanté de Jacques Demy (2013), Martin Scorsese (2015), Gus Van Sant Icônes (2016), and Vampires (2019). Since 1998, he has written on film and the visual arts for the press and authored several books (Chantal Akerman, Autoportrait en cinéaste and Raymond Hains, J’ai la mémoire qui planche, Éditions du Centre Pompidou; Trésors Publics, 20 ans de création dans les Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain, Flammarion).
Born 1973, Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris and Arles, France.
Once a boarder at the villa Medici, Sam Stourdzé became director of the Rencontres d’Arles in 2014. Previously he was director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and, from 2010 through 2014, editor in chief of ELSE magazine. For years he has studied the mechanisms at work in the circulation of images, with the relationships between photography, art, and film as his preferred field. He has been curator or co-curator of numerous exhibitions and published several works, including Le Cliché-Verre de Corot à Man Ray; the Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti retrospectives; Chaplin et les images; Fellini, la grande parade; and, most recently, Derrière le rideau: L’esthétique Photomaton and Paparazzi! Photographes, stars et artistes.
Born 1959, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.
For over twenty years, Philippe Chancel has been pursuing a photographic experience at the junction between art, documentary and journalism. He was introduced to photography at a young age, and studied economics (Université de Nanterre) and journalism (CFPJ de Paris). His work has been displayed at the Barbican Centre in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, C/O Berlin, the Open Eye Society Foundation in New York, the 53rd Venice Biennale, and at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, among others.
RongRong (born in 1968, Fujian, China) is a contemporary photographer and the founder and director of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre.
In June 2007, RongRong with his wife, Japanese photographer inri established the very first non-profit museum dedicated to photography in China, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (TSPA). Over the years, RongRong has played an active role
in programming and curating cross-disciplinary exhibitions, seminars and salons for established and emerging photographers both in mainland China and overseas, such as the launching of "Caochangdi Photospring: Arles in Beijing" for three consecutive years, Nobuyoshi
Araki: Sentimental Journey/Decadence in Paradise, as well as the most celebrated Three Shadows Photography Awards that just achieved its eleven-year milestone.