Portraits In a Chinese Studio

Beginning in February 2023, and celebrating Chinese New Year in Southampton, Grace Lau’s Chinese Portrait Studio has toured, with the resulting images being exhibited widely. This includes John Hansard Gallery, Centre for British Photography, Christie’s London, and Towner Eastbourne. In May 2024 the studio came full circle back to Hastings and St Leonards where it began in 2005. There will be an exhibition in October 2024 at Solaris Print Gallery, in St Leonards, as part of PhotoHastings Festival and to celebrate the project with an archive now in excess of 1700 images.

Through this project I am making an oblique comment on Imperialist visions of the ‘exotic’ Chinese and by reversing roles, I have become the Imperialist photographer documenting my exotic subjects.

Adults In Wonderland

Since the early 1980s, my photographic journey through the world of sexuality, gender identity and sado-masochistic sub-culture has earned me the reputation as a photographer of perverse tastes.

Ad/dressing Death

A series of portraits of people posing in a constructed wooden coffin, wearing what they wish to wear on their death. And holding what they wish to take with them.

Picturing The Chinese

My book documenting photographs taken by Westerners in China during the latter 19th Century.

Portraits In a Chinese Studio

Beginning in February 2023, and celebrating Chinese New Year in Southampton, Grace Lau’s Chinese Portrait Studio has toured, with the resulting images being exhibited widely. This includes John Hansard Gallery, Centre for British Photography, Christie’s London, and Towner Eastbourne. In May 2024 the studio came full circle back to Hastings and St Leonards where it began in 2005. There will be an exhibition in October 2024 at Solaris Print Gallery, in St Leonards, as part of PhotoHastings Festival and to celebrate the project with an archive now in excess of 1700 images.

Through this project I am making an oblique comment on Imperialist visions of the ‘exotic’ Chinese and by reversing roles, I have become the Imperialist photographer documenting my exotic subjects.

Adults In Wonderland

Since the early 1980s, my photographic journey through the world of sexuality, gender identity and sado-masochistic sub-culture has earned me the reputation as a photographer of perverse tastes.

Ad/dressing Death

A series of portraits of people posing in a constructed wooden coffin, wearing what they wish to wear on their death. And holding what they wish to take with them.

Picturing The Chinese

My book documenting photographs taken by Westerners in China during the latter 19th Century.