My photographs are visual poems 
                                             - Ning Zhou

Born in Nanjing, China in 1963, Ning Zhou developed a passion for photography as a young boy. Out of necessity, he learned how to economize on film by pre-visualizing his photographs – a skill he went on to hone to an extraordinary degree. Even now, despite forty years of experience and the advent of digital equipment, Ning Zhou relies on this unique capability as the touchstone of his distinct style.

Water as the source of life is his constant source of inspiration. Abstractions reflected on its surface in images he calls Water Charms – become visual poems which help us to better understand who we are. It is as if Ning Zhou collaborates with nature to capture and compose that perfect Zen moment in the transcendent dance of light and color, shape and shadow which opens our eyes to the beauty around us while focusing our hearts and minds inwardly.

Ning Zhou’s classically balanced, symmetrical and meditative work has been exhibited in many shows around the world from China to the United States. Among the most notable, George Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece and Ning Zhou collector, hosted a solo exhibition of Water Charms in Athens in 2007. This show generated a great deal of international buzz as well as a beautiful book. In her review, art critic P. Petsini, commented that Ning Zhou “combines the visionary nature of Buddhist painting with the Taoist quest for the manifestation of the spirit residing in every form, recording… a single moment in time noticed by someone sensitive enough to see.”

Recognized by his peers as China’s Preeminent Contemporary Art Photographer, Ning Zhou is actually even more accomplished. Artist, educator, philanthropist, entrepreneur, gallerist, museum founder – Ning Zhou is truly a modern Chinese Renaissance man.

Currently, Ning Zhou divides whatever time is left after traveling the world searching for water reflections between Nanjing, China (President of the Nanjing Institute of Visual Arts) and Aliso Viejo, CA (President of the East West Culture and Arts Foundation, Founder of the Ning Zhou Museum of Photographic Arts and Ning Zhou Galleries)
Ning Zhou prints all of his images himself on highly reflective photographic paper which is then sandwiched between two layers of acrylic sheet, clear in front, opaque behind. His prints are characteristically heavily color saturated which also contributes to their appearing to glow as though backlit.  


​​​​​​​​​ Exhibitions:
Sep. 2016 – the 5th Photo Fairs Shanghai
Feb. 2016 – the 5th Annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Jan. 2015 – the 24th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
Jan. 2014 – the 23rd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
Nov. 2013 – Individual Exhibition in Zhejiang Lishui International Photography Festival. Lishui, China
Sep. 2010 – Joint exhibit “Photo Environment”, an exhibition in OCC Frank M.Doyle Arts Pavillion inUS. Costa Mesa, USA
Sep. 2010 – Joint exhibit in Pingyao International Photography Festival “Zhou Ning 2010 US Photography Exhibition”. Pingyao, China
Aug. 2010 – Joint exhibit in Dali International Photography Exhibition. Yunnan, China
Mar. 2010 – Joint exhibit in the 2010 AIPAD Photography Show New York, U.S.
Sep. 2009 – Zhejiang Lishui International Photography Festival. Lishui, China
Oct. 2009 – Individual Exhibition at City-wide Photography Festival, Atlanta, USA
Sep. 2009 – Individual Exhibition at Pingyao International photography festival Pingyao, China
Nov. 2007 – Invited by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation to hold his “The Music of Water” Individual photography exhibition in Athens. Athens, Greece
Nov. 2007 – “Modern and Contemporary Art”, an exhibition in Beijing’s 798 Art District. Beijing, China
Sep. 2007 – Joint exhibit in the Art Beijing 2007expositioncontemporary Art. Beijing, China
Oct. 2005 – Participated in “Creative Chinese Photography”, a group exhibition of works by famous contemporary Chinese photographers, at the invitation of St. John’s University in the US, New York, USA
Sep. 2005 – Invited to South Korea to hold an individual photography exhibition “The Music of Water”. Seoul, Korea
Aug. 2005 – Invited to take part in the Guilin International Photography Festival, with an individual exhibition there entitled “The Music of Water”, Guilin, China
Oct. 2004 – Invited to take part in a collaborative exhibition of work by ten well-known photographers from Chinese universities, Chengdu, China
Apr. 2003 – Individual photography exhibition on “The Music of Water” at the Jiangsu Museum of Fine Arts, Nanjing, China 
2007 – Received “Chinese photographic education candle award” was issued jointly by the Chinese Ministry of education- Art Education Committee, and China Association of Higher Education.
2007 – Received “Contemporary Preeminent Photographer” honorary by the Association of the Chinese art photographer.
2004 – Individual “Special contribution award” was issued jointly by the Chinese Ministry of education - Art Education Committee, and China Association of Higher Education.
“Zhou Ning Photography”- Chinese Photography Publishing House,2003-8
“2005 China Photography research”- Chinese Photography Publishing House,2005-9