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Liu Heung Shing

Liu Heung Shing is a former foreign correspondent and photojournalist who from 1978-1998 was posted to China, the U.S., India, South Korea, and the former Soviet Union.


In 1992, Liu shared the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography with other staff of the Associated Press, and in 1991, he received the Overseas Press Club Award for the coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1989, Liu’s image of a defining moment during the Tiananmen turmoil was awarded Picture of the Year by the Jury of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. In the same year, Liu was named best photographer by the Associated Press Managing Editors.


Liu is the author of the widely acclaimed “ China After Mao”?Penguin,1983?and “Soviet Union: Collapse of an Empire”?Associated Press,1993?. His latest book is “China, Portrait of a country” (Taschen, July 2008) for which he served as an editor.. In 2005, Paris Photo named Liu as one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary photography.


Liu’s work was exhibited at the “100 years of Forbidden City International Photography Festival” in October 2004. He also held a solo exhibition “Collapse of the Soviet Union” at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1994.


Liu graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1975 and is now based in Beijing, China





Photojournalist for Time Magazine, opening the Time Magazine bureau in Beijing, China



Chief photojournalist for the Associated Press in Beijing (1979-1983), Los Angeles (1983-85), New Delhi (19851-89), Seoul (1989-1990) and Moscow (1990-1993)



Founding editor-in-chief of The Chinese / <<中月刊>>, a Chinese language life-style monthly magazine, widely distributed in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China


1997 (October) to 2000 (August)

Chief rep. for Time Warner, based in Beijing, China


2000 (September) to 2005

Executive Vice President of corporate communications for News Corporation (China), Beijing. China


2006 to the present

freelance photographer and project manager, focused on special edition photography publications


Selected Solo Exhibitions 


“Liu Heung Shing’s China”, St Moritz Art Masters, St Moritz, Switzerland
“China Dream, Thirty Years”, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China


“China After Mao: Seek Truth from Facts”, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Caochangdi, Beijing [no cat. but the exhibition coincided with the release of the Chinese language edition of China After Mao: <<刘香成:毛以后的中国1976-1983>>]
“China After Mao”, Coalmine Gallery, Winterthur, Switzerland [no cat.]
“China After Mao”, special feature exhibition, Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China


Selected Group Exhibitions 


“Contact: Photojournalism since Vietnam”, tenth anniversary exhibition of Contact Press Images, exhibition conceived and organized by Robert Pledge, July, audio/visual presentation at the Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France; August, International Photography Congress, Rockport Opera House, Maine, USA [no ex. cat. but Contract Press Images produced The First Ten Years: Contact Press Images, published by Camera International / Contrejour, Paris, 1986]


“Contact: Photojournalism since Vietnam”, International Center of Photography, New York, USA


“Contact: Photojournalism since Vietnam”, October, Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China; November, National Museum of History, Beijing, China


“150 Years in Celebration of Photography: Feature and Journalism”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Dec. 15 1989 – Jan. 7 1990


“China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic”, touring exhibition, Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, China, produced by Aperture Foundation, New York; Oct. 7 1999 – Jan. 2 2000 Asia Society, New York, USA [cat. published by Aperture, New York]


“China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic”, Jan. 15 – March 26, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada; April 12 – June 18, University of California Berkeley Art Museum, California, USA


“China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic”, winter, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA


“China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic”, Sept. 18 – Nov. 17, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, USA


“China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic”, Feb. 22 – May 16, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA
“Dialogue with Civilization”, Forbidden City, Beijing, China [cat. published by Forbidden City Publishing House, Beijing as The Power of Images, 2004]


“China; Portrait of a Country”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (HS Liu also curator) [no ex. cat.]


“China”, Casa Asia, Barcelona / Madrid, Spain (HS Liu also curator) [ex. cat. special edition China, Portrait of a Country, with Liu Heung Shing’s Three Toughs as cover]


“Les femmes d'influence dans la société chinoise: de l'audace aux succès (1911-2012)”, Maison de Chine / China Institute, Paris, France [ex. cat. ]
“China in Liu Heung Shing’s Eyes”, AO Vertical Space, Hong Kong [no ex. cat.]

Published Works



China After Mao, published by Penguin, UK (English language): ISBN 0-14-00.6761-2



China After Mao: Photographs by Liu Heung Shing, published by Asia2000, Hong Kong (English language): ISBN 962-7160-05-9 \ in tandem with an Italian language edition published by Jaca, Milan, Italy (Italian language)




USSR: Collapse of an Empire, published by the Associated Press, New York / Asia2000 Hong Kong (English language second edition; first edition November 1991): ISBN 962-7160-26-1



China After Mao, published by MPhoto, Hong Kong (English language): ISBN 962-85145-1-2



China, Portrait of a Country [China as seen by Chinese photographers from 1949 to 2008], published in six languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) by Taschen, Germany: ISBN 978-3-8365-0569-7



Shanghai: A History in Photographs 1842-Today, co-author, with Karen Smith, published by Penguin Viking, Australia (English language): ISBN 978-0670-0809-08; Chinese language edition published by World Publishing Corp., Beijing, China: 978-0670-809-15



China After Mao, Chinese language edition published by World Publishing Corp., Beijing, China: ISBN 978-7-5062-9522-2/Z-305



China in Revolution: The Road to 1911, published by Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong (English): ISBN 978-988-8139-50-7; traditional Chinese language edition published by Commercial Press Hong Kong: ISBN        ; Chinese language edition published by World Publishing Corp., Beijing, China: ISBN 978-7-5100-3806-3


Liu Heung Shing’s Works in Other Catalogues
The First Ten Years: Contact Press Images, published by Camera International / Contrejour, Paris, 1986. Works reproduced on p.16


150 Years in Celebration of Photography, jointly published by Hong Kong Arts Centre and Institute of Professional Photographers, Hong Kong, December 1989 (no ISBN). Works reproduced pp.10-11


The Best of Photojournalism XV (1989), published by Running Press / National Press Association, New York, 1990: ISBN 0-89471-874-6. Works reproduced on p.96


The Stars: Ten Years, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, 1989 (ex. cat.): ISBN 962-7376-01-9. Works reproduced on p.9, p.20  


The World Beat: Photography from 1839 to Today, published by George Eastman House, Rochester, NY and Taschen, Cologne, 1999: ISBN 3-8228-7073-0. Works reproduced p.683


China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic, published by Aperture, New York, 1999: ISBN 0-89381-862-3. Works reproduced pp.38-45


Paris Photo Magazine “VIP 99”, published by Paris Photo, Paris, 2003, edition no. 26/27, June-August. Works reproduced pp.142-143


The Power of Images, published by Forbidden City Publishing House, Beijing, 2004. Works reproduced on pp.3-4, 176-177, 183-190


China, Portrait of a Country, 2009, special edition for Casa Asia (Barcelona / Madrid) with Liu Heung Shing’s Three Toughs as cover, published by Taschen, Cologne. ISBN: 978-3-8365-0934-3


Wang Keping, published by Vibrant Life Publications (and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong), Hong Kong, 2010 ISBN 978-988-97432-3-9. Works reproduced on p.8, pp.35-36


Huang Rui: The Stars Period 1977-1984, published by Asia One, Hong Kong, 2012: ISBN 978-988-15316-4-3. Works reproduced on p.283




“Best Photographer 1989”, awarded by Associated Press Managing Editors, USA


“Picture of the Year”, awarded by University of Missouri, USA. For coverage of the Tiananmen Incident (Couple under the bridge at Jianguomen Qiao)


“Overseas Press Club”, New York, USA. Awarded for coverage of the Soviet Union


“Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography”, New York. For coverage of the Soviet Union


ParisPhoto magazine, Paris, France, named Liu Heung Shing one of the 100 most influential figures in contemporary photography.