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Meet Ren Hang: An Avid Chronicler of Erections & Other Earthly Delights

Meet Ren Hang: An Avid Chronicler of Erections & Other Earthly Delights

The Snake in the Grass
Photo courtesy of (c) Ren Hang/Courtesy TASCHEN

Transgressive Chinese photographer Ren Hang finally gets his own monograph.

There's an element of symbiosis between humanity and nature in Ren Hang's work. His images feature braids of hair entwined with blades of grass, snakes and octopi wrapped around people's faces, and roses framing erect genitalia. His art stands out in China's fight for creative expression, emulating the raw, sexual style of Terry Richardson but with somewhat biblical undertones. His subjects -- his own friends -- reveal an undeniable sense of trust. Penises, penetration, and piss play are just a few of his taboo specialties on display in Ren Hang (Taschen, $49.99), which spans the artist's entire career, and includes never-before-seen photos.

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