HUANG, Qingjun: Family Stuffs 2003-2023

1839 Contemporary Gallery will exhibit the “Family Stuffs” series of photographs taken by Chinese photographer Huang Qingjun from 2003 to 2023.  The Family Stuffs photography series showcases people’s family stuffs and the tools they depend on, while examining how things have changed over the past two decades.

The opening will take place at 14:30 on Saturday, July 1st. Welcome to visit and join in the grand event.

About Huang Qingjun

A freelancer artist, photographer. He was born in 1971 in China.  He has been engaged in photographic art creation for 30 years, currently lives and works in Peoria, IL USA.

Qingjun’s representative works are Steam Locomotive from 1992 to 2002 and Family Stuff from 2003 to present. Online Shopping Family Stuff and Homeless People’s Family Stuff are two special sub-series. Recent new sub-series are: China Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritor’s Belongings, and The Stuffs of Live Streamers.

Various international media, such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Wired, have also covered these works. BBC interviewed Huang and his works four times. His works have also appeared in magazines and albums such as Architecture Boston, Business Insider, GEO, Chinese National Geography, Discovery Cultural Geographic Monthly, Guardian Weekend, China Daily, Chinese Photography Magazine, Grazia France, Dutch Weekly Magazine, Vrij Nederland, Dutch Financial Daily, Family Photography Now etc. Some of his works appeared in textbooks published by Oxford University Press, and National Geographyic learning. Huang’s works was published on Harvard Business Review in Sept-Oct.2021.

BBC latest report link:

Upcoming exhibition: Human.Kind.   Oct.18 2023-April 2024
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva, Switzerland.


2023 Fujifilm 2022 GFX Grant Challenge Winner
2021 11.17 Lishui Photography Festival /Special Collection Award
2021 No.28th China National Photographic Art Exhibition,
Judges recommended award, (First Place of Art category single photo)
2020 London International Creation Competition (LICC shortlist)
2020 10th Annual International Photography Competition, Florida Museum of Photography Arts USA (Second place)
2020 Tokyo International Foto Award (TIFA),(Gold)
2017 London International Creation Competition (LICC Honorable Mention)
2016 MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards(Honorable Mention)
2015 China International Press Photo Contest, (Bronze)
2015 London International Creation Competition (LICC Finallist)
1998 China Photography Kodak Cup Reverse Film Competition, Top 10 Excellent Professional Photographers
1994-1995 United Nations Environment Programme Photographic Competition on the Enviroment (Honorary Mention)

Selected Group Exhibitions

09/2022 The Ninth China Photography Annual Ranking List Exhibition
05/2022 Riverbridge Art Center, Chicago USA
11/2021 Head On Photo Festival, Australia
11/2021 Lishui Photography Festival, China
03/2021 Resonance, A Tribute to Robert Frank, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
03/2021 Aggregation, National Large Format Photography Exhibition,  Ying Photo Gallery, Beijing, China
12/2020 Resonance, A Tribute to Robert Frank, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Xiamen, China
11/2020 Global Localized Chinese Contemporary Art, Hunan Art Museum
09/2020 Helsinki Photo Festival, Finland
12/2019 All We Love, Yachang Art Center, Shenzhen, China
10/2019 All We Love, 798 Art Factory, Beijing,China
09/2019  Autumn Vibe in the Mountains, Sichuan, China
11/2017  3rd Western China International Art Biennale, Neimenggu Art Museum, Huhehaote, China
04/2017  2nd Chongqing Changjiang International Image Biennial,Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China
11/2016  Chinese Contemporary Photography Group show in Milan, Italy
09/2016  Benchmark Large Format Photography in China,  Pingyao, Shanxi province, China
06/2016  Constellation.s Habiter le Monde, Centre d’architecture Bordeaux, France
06/2015  798 Photo Gallery at 13
06/2015  Athens Photo Festival 2015, Benaki Museum, Athens
04/2015  1st Chongqing Changjiang International Image Biennial
03/2015  The Transformations of a Thread, Xi’an Art Museum
10/2014  4th edition SIPF Singapore International Photography Festival. Singapore.
11/2013  China KEEP BACK image Exhibition, Fujian, China
09/2013  Photoquai Photography Biennial, Paris
11/2012  Lianzhou FOTO
03/2012  AIPAD New York, USA
11/2010  PHOTO Exhibition, Paris
11/2009  PHOTO Exhibition, Paris
08/2007  Floating-The New Generation of Art in China organized by China Art Gallery

Selected Solo Exhibitions

11/2022 Housed/Unhoused. Contemporary Art Center, Peoria IL USA
02/2022  FUJIFILM X Space, Shanghai, Family Stuff of Streamers.
11/2017  Huang Qingjun Pleasure Ground, 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing
05/2015  Huang Qingjun From Faraway Steam Locomotive Solo Show, Terminal 2 Pudong International Airport.
03/2015  Huang Qingjun Family Stuff New Works Show. Meimen Gallery, Beijing
02/2015  Huang Qingjun Online Shopping Family Stuff, Alibaba Group Headquater, Hangzhou, China
09/2014  “Family Stuff” solo show in WM Gallery, Amsterdam
09/2013  “Family Stuff” works 10 years anniversary exhibition in 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing China
12/2007  798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, China.
10/2007  Dresden Transport Museum, Dresden, Germany
12/2006  DB Museum, Nuremberg Germany 


Photography Album《A Family’s Possessions*The Great Changes of Chinese Families over a Decade》 2023 China Pictorial Press
Photography Album《Huang Qingjun》 2019  (China Contemporary Photography Series )
Photography Album《Online Shopping Family Stuff》 2015
Photography Album《Family Stuff》 2013
Photography Album《Steam Locomotive》 2005

Huang Qingjun: Family Stuffs
Opening|2023.7.01 (六) 14:30-16:30

Curated by│Edward, I-Chien CHIU (Tokyo University of the Arts, phD)
Organized by|1839 Contemporary Gallery
TEL│02-2778 8458
Open hours│Tue.-Sun. 11:00-19:00

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