b. 1964, Shanxi, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China.

Regarded as one of China’s most famous photographers, Shi Guorui takes large-scale iconic photographs using the technique camera obscura with a pinhole camera. His images include the Shanghai skyline, Hong Kong skyline and the famed Bird’s Nest Stadium designed by Ai Wei Wei.

Shi Guorui’s interest in using the camera obscura method goes deeper than documenting monumental city scenes. In showing the cities, void of distraction, he steps into the realm of explaining or observing different cultures and social or political issues. The black and white, large-scale images challenge the viewer to look more closely at familiar scenes. The process of making of his photographs is as important to Shi Guorui is as the photos themselves. He looks at it as a spiritual and meditative process and appreciates the way it allows him to escape the ever-fast-growing world around us, especially in China today.

1964 Born in Shanxi, China. Lives and works in Beijing


1992 Graduated from Nanjing Normal University, photography


Shi Guorui, Light Frequencies: Camera Obscura Images of Hong Kong, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Shi Guorui: Rebirth, L&M Arts, Los Angeles, USA

The Same is Not the Same: Shi Guorui & Andrea Good, Offene Kirche Elisabethen, Basel, Switzerland

New Works by Shi Guorui, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Reproduction and Refashioning, The de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA

Shanghai, Shi Guorui’s Camera Obscura Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK

DNA Visual Exhibition, Nanxin Ming Dynasty Warehouse Beijing, China
National Library of China, Beijing, China

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China



Chinese Whispers Recent Art from The Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections Kunstmuseum Bern Switzerland

Dislocation: Urban Experience in Contemporary East Asian Photography, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Rewriting the Landscape: China and India, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Shanshui: Poetry without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art, Museum of Art Lucerne, Switzerland 2010
Developed and Undeveloped: Photographic Landscapes, De Young Museum, USA Chinese Windows

Big Draft---Shanghai, Contemporary Art From The Sigg Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts in Bern, Switzerland
Re-Imagining the Real, Photography Show, YUZ Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
The State of Things, The Exchanging of Contemporary Art Between China and Belgium      China’s National Museum of Fine Arts
The same is not same, Basel, Switzerland

The State of Things, The Exchanging of Contemporary Art Between China and Belgium, BOZAR, Belgium
Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture 
The Museum of Contemporary Photography  Chicago  USA 
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA

Group Exhibition, The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
China Gold Exhibition, Museum Maillol, Paris, France
Fotofreo Festival, Cullity Gallery, Fremantle, Australia
Uncanny Perception Solo Show, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA
GO CHINA --- New World Order Present-day Installation Art and Photography, Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
Shanghai Kaleidoscope Exhibition, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
FotoGrafia 2008 --- International Festival of Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
FotoFreo 2008 --- The City of Fremantle of Photography, Perth, Australia

Red Hot, Asian art today from the Chaney Family collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
ZHUYI! CHINA. Contemporary Photography from China, Artium of Alava, Center Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain
The Year of the Golden Pig - Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection
, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Dragon’s Evolution, China-Square Art Center, New York, USA

FotoFreo 2006, FotoFreo Photographie Festival, Fremantle, WA, Australia
Ten Years, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Photography Exhibition, The Fremantle Arts Center, Australia
Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, Shanghai MoCA Biennial, Shanghai China
Transformations, New Chinese Photography, The Franmentle Art Centre, Australia

Mahjong—Chinese Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, The Museum of Fine Arts in Berne, Switzerland
Beyond Delirious, Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection Miami, USA
MAHJONG - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, The Museum of Fine Arts in Berne, Switzerland
Chinese Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
Re-viewing the City, Guangzhou Photo Biennial, The Fine Arts Museum of Guangdong, China
Chinese Contemporary Photography, The Trastevere Museum of Rome, Italy
Contemporary Obscurists, The Contemporary Camera Obscura In Photography, Alan Klotz gallery, New York, U.S.A
Past and Future Contemporary Art Exhibition, Krings-Ernst gallery, Koln, Germany

Inaugural Exhibition Chinese Contemporary Beijing, Beijing, China
Public Space and Urban Environment, The 1st Architectural Biennial Beijing, China
Forbidden City, International Photography Exhibition, Beijing, China

Pingyao Inernational Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Promenade e’Odifiante et Curieuse au Pavillon des Images, Paris, France

The 2nd International Art Biennial of Buenos Aires, National Museum of Argentina



Funds National d'art Contemporary, Paris, France
The Sigg Collection, Switzerland
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida, USA
De Young Museum San Francisco, California, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Speyer Family Collection, New York, USA
East/West Bank, Los Angeles, California, USA
FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA
The Chaney Family Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Herzog & de Meuron Architekten AG, Switzerland
The New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Guangdong Fine Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Zhengzhou Museum, Zhengzhou, China
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
The Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA
YUZ Foundation, Shanghai, China
Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, USA
Eric & Yijing Li Collection, China