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Year of the Horse, 2014, digital output, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Year of the Ram, 2015, digital output, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Year of the Monkey, 2016, digital output, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Year of the Rooster, 2017, digital output, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Year of the Dog, 2018, digital print, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Year of the Pig, 2019, digital print, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.




Jeff Chien-Hsing LIAO

The Fifth Genre: Festivals/Sandbanks/Green Coverage Ratio



I used to work with the traditional large format 8 × 10 camera, and over the years I had slowly transitioned into working with high-end digital medium format cameras. The shift in equipment has allowed me to capture more images, which widens the possibility of my selection that is later processed into a final composition. Rather than taking and using one single image, I would take several hundred photographs over a period of hours.  Then I would process all the raw files and, using digital editing software, created a single image for each of the sites.  These images use different moments from the frames, but create a seamless photograph.  Each image then represents the full range of activities taking place during a typical day at the site, and all the images together show the life, vitality and variety that occurred that day.  And though the method gives me artistic and editorial control similar to that of a painter in front of a canvas, the results are far more surprising than what can be predetermined. The large, billboard-sized prints reveal the scope and intricacy of each neighborhood, and a full portrait of the people living and working there, in ways that are at once macro- and microscopic which cannot be achieved by any other photographic means.

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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (1977) is a photographer born in Taiwan and active in New York City. He earned B.F.A. in photography at Pratt Institute of Art and Design in 2003 and M.F.A. in photography and related media at the School of Visual Art in 2005. Liao also won First Prize at the New York Times Magazine 2nd Annual “Capture The Times.” Over the years, Liao’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and can be found in the permanent collections of several institutions and museums in the United States.