Gu Zheng is a professor in the School of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He also works at the Center for Information and Communication Studies, and is the deputy director of the university’s Research Center for Visual Culture. He earned his PhD in 1998, in comparative culture studies, at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan. Gu has curated a number of exhibitions, including Living in the City for the first Asian Photography Biennale, in Seoul, Korea, in 2001; the first Guangzhou Photo Biennale: Re(-)viewing the City, at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, in 2005; Shifting View: Chinese Urban Documentary Photograph, at the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, in 2005; Will to Height: Contemporary Art Exhibition, at the Epsite Gallery, Shanghai, China, in 2010; Chinascape: Contemporary Chinese Photography, at the Wolfson Gallery, SOAS, London, in 2012, and Yang Fudong’s solo exhibition, Quote out of Context, in Shanghai in 2012.
Gu has published over a dozen books on photography, photographic history, and the theory of visual arts. His latest books included Contemporary Chinese Photography (2011), and Selected Works of Gu Zheng on Photography (2012). He was awarded first prize in the Theory and Critique Section of China’s prestigious Golden Statue Award for photography in 2001, and the Academic Prize in the first Sha Fei Photography Award in 2007.