Born 1957, Xiamen, China. Lives and works in Beijing.
A native of City of Xiamen by parentage, started learning photography in 1973 and graduated, in 1991, with MA in Photography from Syracuse University, USA. He covered Bosnia War and was rewarded several prizes in photo competitions, including The First Prize in Freedom Forum (U.S.) Professional Photojournalists Competition, Beijing, in 1996. He also published several books, such as a personal photo album named Life and Death in Bosnia and Herzegovia (1995), Picture Editing Handbook (2003), Photojournalism (a college textbook) (2004). His other work included: edited more than a few dozen of photographic books, including Collection and Investing in Photography etc.; Exhibited at 2003 Arles Photographic International, France; 2007 Pingyao Photographic International, Angkor Photographic International, Cambodia (2007) and “China’s Photography: From the 20th Century” by the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Jimei, 2016; curated a dozen of exhibition, such “Chinese Documentary Photography in the Turn of Century, “The Images Acrossing the Three Centuries” (2010). Zeng has also lectured in more than a dozen universities around China, participated in founding Pingyao Photographic International and Huachen Photographic Auctions. He was nominated twice as the Top 30 Photographers in the China’s Photography.
The work of “Being Profession” will show how an amateur photographer like Zeng in 1980s transformed to become a professional, the situation of non-photographic education in China, and the pictorial style that dominated the field in 1980s.