Photographer invited to the Planche (s) Contact festival in 2013

© Zhuang Jay
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Born on May 7, 1964 in Hangzhou, China, Zhuang Jay graduated in geophysics from the Ocean University of China, in charge of computer processing for geophysical research at the Institute of Petroleum Sciences. CEO of a freight company, until 2006, then investor and builder of the port of Hangzhou, Zhuang Jay has been practicing photography since university.

The million images that this virtuoso lover has already taken, in particular in the world of culture and fashion, in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, compose like a diary the portrait of a China in full change.

In 2005, he exhibited large portraits of artists participating in the Biennial of Chinese Contemporary Art, in Montpellier.

Since 2009, he collects old lenses (cinema, projection ...) which he adapts himself to his digital devices.

Invited to a photographic residence in Deauville, he attended the Asian Film Festival, and took an unprecedented look at the city with the scent of Asia!

"I don't remember ever seeing Zhuang Jay without a camera in my hand. For more than a decade, this jet-setter businessman has methodically, compulsively said some, everything that passes before his eyes, events, landscapes, loved bodies, faces unknown or friends, in Hangzhou, his hometown, as in Shanghai or Beijing, of which he has not missed any of the multiple and incessant modifications. 
He discovered Deauville during the Asian Film Festival, in February 2013, with this same need, this same mania some would say, to report and to inventory, and he could not help but seize the city, can -being without realizing it, through the filter of an eminently Chinese aesthetic. The thousand photos he took during his stay, using digital devices that he tinkers himself, seems to me in any case, with hindsight, characteristic of a "Chinese eye", as if , to better taste Normandy, he had adapted it a little to the sauce of his country. The bittersweet colors, the panoramic frame like a literate scroll, the play on the full and the voids, the delicacy of the semitones, a certain melancholic grandeur, all these traits specific to the art of art. The Middle Kingdom can be found in the images it presents today. It is not their least quality. Here is an unusual Deauville, whose unexpected snowfall reinforces the exotic: the Deauville of a son of the Dragon.

Serge Bramly


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