Chinese photographer Ren Hang, known for his bold style and provocative nude images, has passed away at the age of 29 of an apparent suicide. Hang was a self-taught photographer who drew frequent controversy in his home country for his unapologetic depictions of both male and female models, and had previously been arrested a number of times over his work.
Often using simple point and shoot cameras, Hang’s work gave off an urgency and honesty that made him a fast success in both China and abroad, drawing comparisons to Ryan Mcginley and Richard Kern, among others. He had shown widely around the globe, and had also collaborated with Frank Ocean for the musician’s recent Boys Don’t Cry zine project.
“Today we mourn the loss of Ren Hang, a talented and rising young photographer who passed away well before his time,” the artist’s dealer Eli Klein wrote in a statement on Instagram.