Lin Ran

For the last decade, Lin Ran has led a reclusive existence outside of Chengdu. While ascetic scholars of the past may have chosen brush and ink, Lin chooses 20 x 24 large format photographs. Lin’s multi-photograph works are not simple panoramic landscapes. When he goes to shoot a location, he photographs an area from all perspectives, then assembles the prints to create a landscape that appears panoramic, but might actually be two different localities, or the same place from two different angles. This reconfiguration of the landscape causes us to think more deeply about how reality is composed. In addition to large format photographs, Lin has also experimented with platinotypes and cyanotypes.

Heaven and Earth


Year:  2012
Medium:  Inkjet print
Dimensions:  80 × 100 cm, (80 × 100 cm) × 2, (80 × 100 cm) × 3, (80 × 100 cm) × 4
Edition:  10


Thatched Cottage


Year:  2008
Medium:  Cyanotype
Dimensions:  12.5 x 17.5 cm, 17.5 x 42.5 cm
Edition:  10



Artist's Bio

Lin Ran (b. 1958, Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China)

Solo Exhibitions:
2006 "Lotus Flower," Cloud and Sky Photo Image Gallery, Beijing, China
2009 "Silent Plain," ME Photo Art Gallery, Beijing, China
2013 "A Heart Following Nature," Inter Art Center / Gallery, Beijing, China
2013 "A Heart Following Nature," Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Group Exhibitions: 
2008 "Texture of Images – Language of Craft," Inter Art Center / Gallery, Beijing, China
2011 "Salute to Photography: The Beauty of Technology and Technique," Inter Art Center / Gallery, Beijing, China

Publications and Awards:
2013 Published A Heart Following Nature



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The Valley of the Mind (by Lin Ran)