/ 2020 / Advertising / Fashion

Tao Garden

  • Prize
    Silver in Advertising/Fashion
  • Photographer
    Xinxin Zhang
  • Credit
    Photography: Xinxin Zhang, MUA: Isabelle Pantell, Model: Vivian Lin, Consultant: Marie Midford

"Tao Garden" is a fashion story shot in the authentic Chinese garden in Staten Island, NY --- with a Chinese artist, a Taiwanese model, and a Japanese American stylist---all based in New York. Beyond modern fashion, it is about cultural nostalgia, the mirage of the ancient land of Zen warriors and Tao meditators. We went and found the Scholar's Garden --- the exact replica of that ancestral Asian dream, yet removed and reborn on foreign land. The story of this garden is just like the story of ourselves, the nomads who find harmony within the lives in between.

Xinxin Zhang is an emerging art and fashion photographer. A recent NYU grad, Zhang used her thesis to look at on-location fashion portraits created with cinematic approaches. A freelance photographer who believes in creating visual works that speak about the power of femininity in a liberal, safe, and equal environment, Zhang has a photographer profile on Vogue Italia and her works have appeared on PhotoVogue. She has produced and shot art and fashion editorials for dozens of domestic and international publications such as C-head Magazine, Solstice Magazine, AINT-BAD Magazine, etc.

Awards In 2019 I graduated from New York University with a Master of Art degree. Currently I shoot personal projects and agency assignments, in which I independently complete the process from researching, making mood board, shooting, editing, concept writing and retouching. My individual works focus on cinematic images that combine portrait art and methods of cinematography. I have a photographer profile on Vogue Italia, and my works have appeared on the PhotoVogue platform numerous times. Besides that, I have also produced and shot art and fashion editorials for dozens of domestic and international publications such as C-heads Magazine, Solstice Magazine, AINTBAD Magazine, and Aesthetica Magazine, to name a few. I am based in New York, where my first solo show was held at NYU this September. In December 2019, I brought my works to show at the Red Dot Art during Miami Art Basel. I have been working for D/T/E Studio and produced editorials and product photos since October 2019.