Controversial Chinese Photographer Ren Hang Dies at 29. His searing images, a carnival of milky limbs and botanical beauty, were celebrated and censored in equal measure. Ren Hang was arrested many times for his sexually explicit, joyously celebratory photography. Although he was globally renowned, he never gained the recognition he deserved in his home country, in part because he was repeatedly denied the opportunity to display his work in Beijing and throughout China.
Ren Hang endured a long battle with depression throughout his life, an experience he would often document on his website, sometimes in the form of poetry, under a menu item titled My Depression. He published seven photo books included Ren Hang, Nude, Republic and Son and Bitch before Taschen’s recent retrospective, edited by Dian Hanson. Hang has been exhibited around the world and received the Outset/ Unseen Exhibition Fund in 2016. Hang was living in Beijing at the time of his death.