2013 Photo Contest, Staged Portraits, Singles, 2nd prize

Ai Weiwei

Photographer

Stefen Chow

for Smithsonian magazine

06 February, 2012

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is active across a number of media, including sculpture, installation, architecture, photography and film.

About

Stefen Chow

Stefen Chow’s clients include The Smithsonian, Time magazine, Geo, The Guardian, and various commercial companies. He won the grand prize at the Arles Photography Open Salon for ...

Background story

Beijing, China

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is active across a number of media, including sculpture, installation, architecture, photography and film. He is highly vocal in his criticism of the Chinese government’s record on democracy and human rights, and in his investigations of corruption and cover-up.

In 2011, Ai was detained by the authorities, accused of tax evasion. He spent time in jail and under house arrest, and he cannot travel without government permission.

In May, Ai was a recipient of the inaugural Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, awarded by the Human Rights Foundation.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/160 sec
Focal length
85 mm
F-Stop
5.6
ISO
100
Camera
Nikon D3X

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