A Chinese Street Photographer’s Rise to Fame

At TIME, Ye Ming profiles Liu Tao (刘涛), a Hefei, Anhui-based photographer whose playful yet socially revealing street photography has brought him Internet fame:

Early in October, in the third-tier Chinese city of in the province of , the young street photographer Tao Liu became an overnight sensation. His witty images, which poke fun at contemporary issues in China – from overindulging parents to commercialism and the boundless urban expansion – were first shown on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social network, by Life Week magazine.

Within 24 hours, the post had been shared more than 40,000 times, attracting the attention of the Chinese Central Television network. A week later, Liu was a household name in China. […] [Source]

Click through to see TIME’s gallery of Liu’s work. For more of his photography, follow Liu Tao on Weibo (Grinch1982), or see an earlier profile by Photoblog.hk [Chinese].

December 26, 2014, 11:50 AM
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