Ren Hang

China / 1987 - 2017 / /
On 24 Feb 2017, Ren Hang, photographer and poet, chose to end his life at the ag of 29 in Beijing.

The Chinese art world was rocked over the weekend by news that famed erotic photographer Ren Hang had died at the age of 30.

Known for his provocative pictures and poetry, Ren's often explicit work had been exhibited in galleries all over the world. He shot for major fashion brands and magazines such as Gucci and GQ China.

Details of his death on Friday are still emerging, but he is believed to have taken his own life.

Dian Hanson, editor at German publisher Taschen, said Ren had fallen into a "crushing depression" in October which was "intensified by global political instability. The months of pain finally proved too much". (

Ren Hang will always be remembered as one of the greatest contemporary photographers & poets of our times. He’s been arrested several times and also had many of exhibitions canceled for his provoking body of work. Ren was no stranger to our Empty Kingdom, or any other art blog. His photos were always honest and always beautiful. He will be severely missed. RIP…
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Cristina Menéndez


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