Feb 18th 2023

Light & Beyond

@ Zhou B Art Center

1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Opening Saturday, February 18th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Friday, March 10th

Raying Photography is a non-profit photography studio founded in 2019, to advance the art of photography, especially in landscape and wildlife photography. This exhibition, curated by Dr. John Fan, is the first by the studio. On display is a multitude of works that demonstrate our pursuit of mastery in capturing light, and revealing the remarkable beauty of nature.

John Fan, PhD is a medical physicist in radiation oncology. Besides his outstanding professional career, John is also a world renowned photographer. He is the winner of many prestigious photography awards. His work has been published extensively in international magazines, books, and gallery exhibitions, including solo exhibits in China. His photography books “Rational Inspiration” and “Talks about Photography” were published in 2017 and 2019 respectively. His photography blog enjoys 1 million readers and 44,000 subscribers. He is also a curator of the online photo gallery 1X.com and its China ambassador, co-founder of the acclaimed 4Aperture fine art photography group, and founder of Raying Photography Group. All his photography works are presented on his personal website: https://johnfanphotography.com

Leah Xu works for a healthcare organization as a data architect. She has a warm and artistic family. She loves travel, singing, cooking, and is especially passionate on nature photography. Leah is enthusiastic on public-spirited activities, and involved in some local community services as a volunteering. She has won numerous awards in various competitions and has published many works in international media. 作品(Link of works): https://1x.com/member/leahxu/photos/latest

John Chen is a small business owner. Photography is his main hobby. He is the founder of the Chicago Birding Forum. He has been very active in stage photography for many years, being the appointed photographer for many Chicago art groups. He specializes in landscapes, wildlife, and portraits and has won numerous awards in various competitions. His work has been published in international media. He is a contract photographer with Solent Photo Agency. 作品(Link of works): https://1x.com/member/laoniujohn/photos/latest

Hanping (HP) is a senior partner of a public accounting firm in the Chicago area. He loves music, photography, travel, cooking and DIY. HP is dedicated to social services. He is currently a board member and treasurer of the world-renowned chamber music group – Civitas Ensemble. HP specialized in landscape and wildlife photography, for which he has won numerous awards in various competitions and has published many works in international media. 作品(Link of works): https://1x.com/member/HPphotography/photos/latest

James Cai operates a business. He loves to travel and to see the world. He has set foot in many places of the world; encountered different walks of lives; and enjoyed many breathtaking sceneries of world wonders. Photography is his poetry and his appreciation of ventures. He has won numerous awards in various competitions and his works have been published in international media. He is also a contract photographer of Solent Photo Agency. 作品(Link of works): https://1x.com/member/jamescai/photos/latest

Chao Feng, Ph.D in Computer Science, is a Senior Lead Software Engineer in Silicon Valley specializing in Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics. Photography is always Chao’s top passion in multiple subjects including Landscape, Nature and People. He has won multiple awards in the past and is generous to give back to the community. He has shared his photography knowledge in multiple community seminars and has won praises. He currently serves as a Vice Chairman in San Francisco Photographer Association. 作品(link of work):https://1x.com/twohorses

Yanny Liu is a statistician and Leader of the Programmer Team in a top ranked statistics company. Photography is her major hobby to express herself and her vision from the physicalness to mindfulness. Her other interests including literature, history, and music also contribute stylistic influences on her photography. Her photography covers landscapes, telling the story between the interaction of nature and humans; wildlife, understanding the world of animals and protecting the animals; and artistic photography, exhibiting the abstract aspects of her visualization. She has won multiple world photography prizes, and is also dedicated to public service including community service for seniors, organization of local photographic activities and training new photography enthusiasts. Currently, she is the head editor of Northwest Photograph Club, and president of the CCACC Photography Club in the Washington DC metropolitan area. 作品(link of work):https://1x.com/littlebirdusa

Ruiqing (Yang) Pamboukian, Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Senior Scientist works at a Federal Government Agency. She is a Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps active duty officer, serving on the front lines of public health in the country. Photography is her way to express herself in art. She is passionate in landscape and wildlife photography. Her Photography works won multiple awards in the past. She is also dedicated to public welfare and serves leadership roles in several non-profit organizations. She is the past President of the CCACC Photo Club in the Washington DC metropolitan area. 作品(link of work):https://1x.com/Ryang002

Jianping Yang, Ph. D. in Mathematics, is a Principal Software Developer at SAS Institute. He loves travel and photography (mainly in landscape and nature). He is passionate about public service and giving back to the community by volunteering. He served as principal of a local Chinese school and was the past President and current Board Chair of Chinese American Friendship Association of Northern Carolina. 作品(link of work):https://1x.com/jianpingyang

ZhiHui Xie (Louise) Her studies and early work were related to the major of architecture. She is currently an IT specialist. In her spare time, she likes photography, travel, painting, flower arrangement, and cooking, She is passionate in multiple photography subjects including landscapes, humanities, and wildlife, etc. Her photographic works have won honors in PSA, and other photography competitions, and have been published in international photographic media multiple times. 作品(Link of works): https://1x.com/LouiseXie

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