Song Chao 宋朝 (born 1979) Chinese Artist.
Song Chao is a Chinese miner, working 12 hours a day since he is ten. Somehow, one day, his life radically changed. I suppose that day, he didn’t expected to face his future: A man came to the mine, introduce oneself as a reporter, taking pictures of the workers. That moment Song discovered the world of photography. Since then, he started taking pictures of his colleagues during his short breaks.
So, I told you that the work of Song make think about Tom Hoop’s photography, maybe it’s because they follow the same influence. They both admire the work of another portraitist : Richard Avedon.
I like the work of Song Chao because of his extraordinary destiny. The strength of the faces tells us a lot, explains the worker condition from the inside… Speaks about China as well.