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Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP) was founded in May 2015 by Mr Liu Heung Shing. SCoP is a non-profit organization: the first such accredited art institution dedicated to photography in China, and Shanghai’s premiere museum for the photographic medium. SCoP showcases international and Chinese photography in all its diverse applications. Here you will find the best of journalism, documentary, social history, fashion and art photography from around the world. In tandem with its curated exhibitions, SCoP offers a range of educational programs from talks and lectures to practical workshops, for all ages and levels of experience.

Founder Liu Heung Shing


Liu Heung Shing is an accomplished photojournalist and Pulitzer-prize winning photographer. 

Born in Hong Kong in 1951, in the 1970s while studying in New York, Liu apprenticed at Life magazine where he was inspired and influenced by the legendary team of Life photographers including Gjon Mili, who became his mentor. In 1977, Liu moved to Beijing where he became the chief photographer for Time magazine and then the AP. In 1992, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News for the coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Possessed of a wealth of knowledge about both Chinese and Western photography Liu Heung Shing has also edited of a number of books on Chinese photography. Collaborating with publishers such as Taschen, Viking and Penguin, his publications offer an authoritative voice on photography in China, including China, Portrait of a Country (Taschen, 2008), Shanghai, A History in Photographs 1842-Today (English version) (Penguin Viking, 2010), and China in Revolution, The Road to 1911 (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). Volumes of his own works include USSR, Collapse of an Empire (Associated Press, 1993), and China After Mao (Penguin,1983). In recognition of China After Mao, Newsweek magazine called Liu Heung Shing "The Cartier-Bresson of China."

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