Free Park | Same Studio | Self-Publishing

Photographer: Yuan Xiaopeng
  •         Title: Free Park
  •         Photographer: Yuan Xiaopeng
  •         Date of publication: winter, 2013
  •         Place of publication: Shanghai, China
  •         Dimensions: Newspaper “Free Park”: 52 pages, 297x420mm                                                           Instructions “Free Exhibition”: 16 pages, 140x210mm
  •         Publisher: Same Studio
  •         Website:
  •         Distributed by: Rosa Books, Jiluchang, and Banana Fish

As Claire Roberts mentioned in her latest book Photography and China: “many practitioners of ‘personal photography’ work for magazines and newspapers by day and create their own highly personal images at night, participating across the spectrum of a new, image-rich culture.” One of these photographers is Shanghai-based photographer Yuan Xiaopeng.

Yuan Xiaopeng (b. 1987) is a young photographer and illustrator who currently work for a weekly newspaper in Shanghai.  He is a member of Same Studio along with Beijing-based Wang Yijun. Same Studio is an artist collective that collects and share interesting books across the world.

Free Park is Yuan’s first solo-published piece, which is presented alongside a quirky exhibition that lasted only 2 hours. The body of work showcases the photography and illustrations of Yuan Xiaopeng during his stay in Shanghai from 2010 to 2013. Shot in Shanghai, Free Park is a pleasurable jaunt into the essence of the time and place, from in and around his rented flat to the local market. Wang Yijun, another member of Same Studio contributed to the typography and design. Each photograph in the newspaper is presented like a fragment of a larger picture, creating a fragmented yet still coherent perception of the photographer’s life in the metropolitan city. Free Park also includes a fun pamphlet, entitled “Free Exhibition,” about a fake installation exhibition.

Photographer’s statement:

The pictures were taken from 2010 to 2013, when I was moved to Shanghai to avoid the pressure from my family in Nanchang. I work here and spend most of my time wandering around the city and having sex with strangers in my rented house. Usually, I photograph the people I meet most frequently, in order to satisfy the image in my imagination. There is staged scene as well documenting the moment.

Free Park | Same Paper

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Selected Photography Exhibitions in China (JAN)


1. From New Photography to Rookie Award: Three Shadows’ Collection

Artists: Chen Baosheng, Liu Heung Shing, Mo Yi, Zhang Hai’er, Chen Lingyang, Gao Bo, Han Lei, He Chongyue, Hong Lei, Liu Zheng, RongRong, Wang Ningde, Xing Danwen, Xiong Wenyun, Zhao Liang, Zhuang Hui, Zuoxiao Zuzhou, Cai Dongdong, Qiu, A Dou, Zhang Xiao, Chen Zhe, Zhang Jin, Li Jun

Duration: Oct 26, 2013 —— Jan 27, 2014

Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Cao Chang Di Art District, Beijing


Three Shadows’ Collection


2. False Image

Zhang Wei Photography

2013 12.21 —— 2014 03.15

798 Photo Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing


False Image Exhibition


3. Triple-Major presents: Lifestyles Photography and Book Exhibition

Artists: Charlie Engman, Jeremy O’ Sullivan, Ka Xiaoxi, Shen Li, Xiaopeng Yuan, YJ Wang, Zhengdong Xu

Duration: Jan 11, 2014 ——  Jan 19. 2014

Curator: Same Studio

Triple-Major, Shanghai store


Lifestyles Exhibition


4. Impermanent Instant

Photographer: Li Jun

Duration: Jan 15, 2014 —— Feb 14, 2014

Blindspot Gallery (Central), Hong Kong


Connecting Wire, Li Jun Photography


5. Aura of Noumena

Paul Caponigro Photography

Date: Jan 18, 2014  —— March 2, 2014

Timeless Gallery, Beijing

Blend, Paul Caponigro Photography