So Hing-keung @ Asia Society HK


Qiu Zhijie

Writing the “Orchid Pavilion Preface” One Thousand Times, 1990–95

Five chromogenic prints, 19 1/4 × 29 inches each

This photographic documentation of Qiu’s best-known, process-driven work exemplifies his early interest in the performative aspect of calligraphy, particularly the pedagogical method of repeatedly copying a model until its brush movements become second nature. The “Orchid Pavilion Preface,” written by the patriarch of calligraphy Wang Xizhi (303–61), has long been revered as the unsurpassed model of cursive writing. Repeatedly writing over his free-hand interpretation of the original, Qiu turns the paper into a saturated black field. By focusing on the process of writing rather than its literary content, Qiu asserts that the ultimate goal of calligraphic practice is “a form of ‘written meditation’.”

Directed by Lee Chi Ngai starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Mirai Yamamoto.

Emi Wada costumes

Emi Wada costumes


Mary Quant and her bob by Vidal Sassoon


Inspired by Martha Graham, Madonna is shot by Peter Lindbergh for the May 1994 issue of American Harper’s Bazaar.


NY based photographer Quentin Shih scoured 99 cent stores for mass produced and mundane objects, transforming them into the still-life subject matter of his photo series 99 cent. The vignettes form part of today’s installment of the 20+20 Photography Issue, now in special release throughout the month of November. See the feature and check out our interview with Shih here.  


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