Fang Tong

Love illusion 3

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Seeking a subtle balance between the real and the surreal, Fang Tong leads us into the depths of her dreams, into the beginnings of a story that she has written herself. The photographer finds inspiration in the worlds of cinema and fashion. Her works are inventive and particularly well thought-out, scripting models whose absence of expression often reflects their solitude within the setting. While women bathe in the calm waters of a motel pool, a young boy calmly observes them. The atmosphere is peaceful but the characters seem lost in their thoughts. The photographs bear similarities to the works of American painter David Hockney or Stephen Shore's Uncommon Places series, celebrating the everyday life of America in the 1970s. Fang Tong's images were taken in an old outdoor swimming pool in Surrey, in British Columbia, Canada.

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Fang Tong

Chinese photographer Fang Tong now lives and works in Vancouver. This multidisciplinary artist moved to Canada in 2001, and studied at the traditional fine arts faculty in Shanghai then the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. She became progressively interested in photography, her field of predilection, after experimenting with many art forms, including oil painting, design and sculpture. Fang Tong is now a graphic designer for an online gaming company and produces photographic projects alongside her professional activity. Her narrative images, sourcing inspiration from the fashion and film worlds, have earned her many awards. Awarded First Prize at the Nikon Photo Contest in 2015, she also won the Bronze at PX3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris) in 2014 and was selected in 2013 to promote one of Sony’s latest cameras.

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