Currently lives and works in Chengdu, China
1973 Born in Sichuan Province
1995 Graduated Sichuan Aba Normal College Fine Arts Department


Born in Mianyang, Sichuan Province in 1973, Adou graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Sichuan Aba Normal College in 1995. After a career as a creative director in advertising for 9 years, he decided to quit and currently lives and works as a freelancer in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Adou has won awards in photography competitions in China, the Netherlands, Japan and the United States, including the Three Shadows Photography Award (2009) and the Japan MIO International Young Photographers Competition for his series "Public Buses & Chinese People" (2005), and an Honorable Mention at the World’s 100 Young Photographers KLM Paul Huf Award (2007). Adou’s photographs have been shown throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, including two major solo exhibitions in New York and San Francisco (2009) and a Retrospective Exhibition in Kyoto (2007). His publications include "Samalada" (Zen Foto Gallery, 2013), "Adou and Samalada" (M97 Gallery, 2013) and "To Nietzsche" (Zen Foto Gallery, 2020).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Adou, M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
2012 Adou, Lianzhou Photography Festival, China
2009 Adou: Samalada, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A.
2009 Adou: Samalada, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2008 Adou: Samalada, MCAF, Gent, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.
2010 Where in the world?, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2010 Looking Far, Chengdu Photography Exhibition
2009 Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, U.S.A.
2009 Looking Far II, Chengdu, China
2009 Different Sight, Chengdu, China
2009 Still Life, 2009 Europalia - China International Art Festival, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Outward Expressions, Inward Reflection, Three Shadows, Beijing, China
2008 While Alive: Chinese Contemporary Photographs, Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea
2007 Public Buses & Chinese People, MIO Retrospective, Kyoto, Japan
2006 Lianzhou International Photography Festival, China
2005 Public Buses & Chinese People,Three Chengdu Photographers, Pingyao, China


2009 Three Shadows Photography Award winner (China)
2007 Top 10 Documentary Award, WIPI Photography Institute (US)
2007 Special Jury Award at the Japan MIO International Young Photographers Competition
2007 Honorable Mention in World’s 100 Young Photographers, KLM Paul Huf Award (Holland)
2006 The 2nd Prize of Japan MIO International Yong Photographers Competition, for work Going Home
2005 Japan MIO International Young Photographers Competition, for work Public Buses & Chinese People

Books from Adou