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 has included photo book editing including Collection and Investing in Photography. He exhibited at the 2003 Arles Photo Festival, the 2007 Pingyao Photo Festival, the 2007 Angkor Photo Festival and the 2016 Chinese Photography – 20th Century and Beyond at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. He curated exhibitions including Chinese Documentary Photography at the Turn of Century, Images Across Three Centuries (2010). Zeng has also lectured in more than a dozen universities around China, participated in the founding of the Pingyao Photo Exhibition and Huachen Photo Auctions. He was nominated twice as one of the Top 30 Photographers in Chinese Photography.
The work Being Professional will show how an amateur photographer like Zeng transformed himself into a professional photographer in the 1980s, the state of non-photographic education in China, and the pictorial style that dominated the feld in the early years.