Born in 1959, Gu Zheng is a photographer, critic, historian, curator, and educator. Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai, he serves as Vice-director of that university’s Research Center for Visual Culture. He has been in contact with American photography since the middle of the 1970s, when he resided in the U.S. A long-time friend of the historian of photography Beaumont Newhall, he studied under him at the University of Albuquerque in 1979. Gu has published numerous books of his own writings on photography, and in 2001 received the Chinese Photography Golden Figure Prize in Theory and Criticism. In 2001 and 2003 he was honored with Art Critic Awards from the Association of Chinese Literature and Art. Additionally, Gu has translated into Chinese many texts on photography, from classic to postmodern. He has curated several group exhibitions of Chinese photography for venues in in China, South Korea, and the United States.