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Jin Zhao

Jin Zhao

 
 
About the Artist

Jin is a Chinese born photographer based in Chicago, IL.

 

As a photographer I’m interested in capturing ordinary people in particular situations— especially people in idiosyncratic lines of work. I’ve photographed jazz musicians in New York, tea farmers in China, and magicians in Chicago. Work is essential to a person’s identity. Using work as a lens, I am able to capture my subject in a context that is both intimate and public.

 
 
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Alabama I

Digital Photograph, 2012, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Alabama II

Digital Photograph, 2012, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Mother and Son from Tea Farmers of Yunnan

Digital Photograph, 2016, © Jin Zhao

 
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Lunch Break from Tea farmers of Yunnan

Digital Photograph, 2016, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Buma from Tea Farmers of Yunnan

Digital Photograph, 2016, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Grandma from Tea Farmers of Yunnan

Digital Photograph, 2016, © Jin Zhao

 

I met Jurissa in 2012 while photographing workers and their families for Make the Road New York—an organization dedicated to empowering immigrant communities. Jurissa and I worked closely together, she helped me arrange photoshoots and translations. At the time she was five or six months pregnant, and had a full workload. When I asked her if I could photograph her for Showing, she said yes. On the day of the shoot, I followed her as she went about her daily tasks. That day, she had a community meeting with workers in Queens. Frankly, when we spoke, she didn’t talk much about her pregnancy. She was mostly excited to talk about her work, which she loved.  It made me realize that pregnancy in the workplace is completely natural part of a working woman’s life.

Jurissa had a natural beauty and radiance that could illuminate any room. Because I was shooting in the daytime, I used only natural light; I wanted to capture the authenticity of her working environment as much as possible. But in the end, it was her confidence and gracefulness that brought the images to life.

 
 
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The Enchanting Night of Taxco I

Digital Photograph, 2015, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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The Enchanting Night of Taxco II

Digital Photograph, 2015, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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The Enchanting Night of Taxco III

Digital Photograph, 2015, © Jin Zhao

 
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Lionel Loueke at the Jazz Gallery from Unchromed: Jazz NYC

Digital Photograph, 2012, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Marc Cary at the Blue Note from Unchromed: Jazz NYC

Digital Photograph, 2012, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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John McNeil at Tea Lounge from Unchromed: Jazz NYC

Digital Photograph, 2011, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Atlantans I

Digital Photograph, 2013, © Jin Zhao

 
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Atlantans II

Digital Photograph, 2014, © Jin Zhao

 
 
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Atlantans III

Digital Photograph, 2012, © Jin Zhao

 
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Atlantans IV

Digital Photograph, 2014, © Jin Zhao