He was born in Shanghai, China, in 1959. Hu Yang’s work has been exhibited at the Netherlands Photo Museum in Rotterdam, the Month of Photography in Moscow, the University of Michigan, USA, the Photo Biennale of Guangzhou, China, or at the ShanghART Gallery of Shanghai, among many other places.
To understand the modern Shanghai completely, exhaustively and objectively, Hu Yang made a sociological and anthropological study of 500 families of the city. The project describes the dramatic changes that have taken place in their quotidian life during the modernization process and the open door policy started by the Chinese government in the last two decades. It was made between January 2004 and February 2005 and it implied interviewing and photographing both native families and expatriated ones, which include from the high and middle class to the most disfavoured class. These pictures are a kind of sociological study that make us reflect on the conditions of life and environment of the families in Shanghai in the 21st century; documents that, in Hu Yang’s words, contribute to our historic comprehension.