Zhang Jingna

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Zhang Jingna
Born (1988-05-04) May 4, 1988 (age 26)
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Nationality Singapore
Known for Photography
Awards Elle Awards Singapore - Photographer of the Year
Singapore Master Photographer of the Year
British Professional Photography Awards - Overseas Fashion Photographer of the Year
British Professional Photography Awards - Winner in Overseas Fashion and Contemporary Portraits
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International - 3rd in Advertising/Fashion

Zhang Jingna (simplified Chinese: 张晶娜; traditional Chinese: 張晶娜; pinyin: Zhāng Jīngnà; born May 4, 1988 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese-Singaporean photographer widely known as zemotion.


Born in the suburbs of Beijing to a sporting family, Jingna moved to Singapore at the age of eight, where she attended Haig Girls' School. At the age of fourteen, nine months after picking up air rifle, Jingna broke a national record, and subsequently joined the national air rifle team. She was active in the team for six years, notable achievements include breaking a record in the 10m Air Rifle event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2005 in Melbourne, and a bronze in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, awarding her the title of Sports Girl of the Year for 2006 by the Singapore National Olympic Council.[1] She left the Raffles Girls' School at sixteen to pursue a degree in fashion design in Lasalle College of the Arts.[2] At eighteen, Jingna picked up a camera. Probably due to her keen interest and achievements in photography, she left Lasalle in October 2007, and the rifle team in January 2008, to pursue photography full-time.

Jingna's clientele includes companies such as Mercedes Benz,[3] Canon,[4] Pond's, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and Wacom.[5]

She also produced fashion editorials for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Flare.[6][7][8]

In September 2008, Jingna held her first solo exhibition, "Something Beautiful", at The Arts House in Singapore.[9] In April 2010, 50 of her works were showcased along Orchard Road during Singapore's fashion festival - Fashion Seasons @ Orchard. The showcase was Singapore’s first large scale street exhibition featuring fashion photography.[10]

The street exhibition was followed immediately by her second gallery show, "Angel Dreams", at Japan Creative Centre, Singapore, supported by the Embassy of Japan.[11] The show was noted for her photographs of Japanese musician Sugizo (Luna Sea, X Japan).

Jingna was invited to photograph Luna Sea's Tokyo Dome concert at the end of 2010, her photographs of Sugizo from the concert are collected in his book Ongaku ni ai sareta otoko: Sono haran no hansei (音楽に愛された男。その波乱の半生), the cover features an image from their first collaboration.

Jingna photographed Korean celebrity Rain for Anchor Beer's campaign in 2011.[12]

In 2013 she was part of Vogue Italia's "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue" exhibition at Galleria Calra Sozzani in Milan.

She's influenced by people such as Peter Lindbergh, John William Waterhouse, Yoshitaka Amano and Zdzisław Beksiński.[13] Jingna also cites[citation needed] her friend Kuang Hong, a fellow artist whom she had managed since the age of fifteen, in numerous interviews, as one of the influences and foundations of her artistic development.

She manages a professional Starcraft 2 team called Infinity Seven.[14]


Elle Awards Singapore
2011 Photographer of the Year [15]

International Photography Awards [16]
2009 3rd - Fine Art: Nudes
2009 3rd - Advertising: Catalogue
2009 Honorable Mention - Advertising: Fashion

British Professional Photography Awards
2008 Overseas Fashion Meany Photographer of the Year
2008 1st - Overseas Fashion and Contemporary Portraits http://www.masterphotographyawards.co.uk/2008-winners-os.php

Singapore Master Photographer Print Competition
2007 Singapore Master Photographer of the Year
[citation needed]

Singapore Sports Award
2006 Sports Girl of the Year [17]


Solo Exhibitions
2010 Angel Dreams by Zhang Jingna, Japan Creative Center, Singapore, 29 May - 18 June 2010 [18]
2010 Zhang Jingna — Fashion Season @ Orchard Street Exhibition, Orchard Road, Singapore, 2 Apr - 9 May 2010 [19]
2008 Something Beautiful by Zhang Jingna, The Arts House, Singapore, 12 Sept - 23 Sept 2008 [20]

Group Exhibitions
2013 Vogue Italia: "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue", Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, 13 June-10 Aug 2013 "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue". Vogue.it. 
2012 Harper’s BAZAAR: “Fashion in Focus: Asia Modern”, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, 4–25 July 2012
2012 Cle de Peau “Art de La Radiance” 30th Year Anniversary Celebration Exhibition, Artistree, Hong Kong, 12 April 2012
2010 Harper's BAZAAR: "Spectacular Sights", ION Orchard, Singapore, 16 Jul - 7 Aug 2010
2010 Yangon Photo Festival, Alliance Fraicaise, Yangon, 26 Feb - 6 Mar 2010

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Sports Girl of the Year 2006". Singapore National Olympic Council. 
  2. ^ "To give up fame and glory for a dream". Youth.SG. 
  3. ^ "Mercedes Benz - Portraits". 
  4. ^ "Canon: Be Empowered - Behind the Scenes Interview". Feb 2010. 
  5. ^ "Intuos4 Artists - Zhang Jingna". Wacom. 
  6. ^ "Ksenia V by Zhang Jingna for Elle Singapore". 
  7. ^ "Rudi by Zhang Jingna for Harper's Bazaar Singapore". 
  8. ^ "Laura Kell & Gabrielle Lussier by Zhang Jingna for Flare". 
  9. ^ "Something Beautiful, a photography exhibition by Zhang Jingna". 
  10. ^ "Fashion Season @ Orchard 2010 – A Whole New Fashion Experience". Singapore Press Holdings. 
  11. ^ "Events supported by the Embassy of Japan, Singapore - Archive". 
  12. ^ "Anchor Beer picks Rain as brand Ambassador". Campaign Asia. Aug 2011. 
  13. ^ "Melancholy as an Aesthetic Emotion". DesignTAXI. 2009. 
  14. ^ "Infinity Seven". Liquipedia Starcraft 2 Wiki. 
  15. ^ "Elle Recognizes Showbiz Best". Channel NewsAsia. 17 Nov 2011. 
  16. ^ "2009 IPA Winner's Gallery". Lucie Foundation. 
  17. ^ "Sports Girl of the Year 2006". Singapore National Olympic Council. 
  18. ^ "Angel Dreams - A Photography Exhibition by Zhang Jingna". 
  19. ^ "Fashion Season @ Orchard 2010 – A Whole New Fashion Experience". Singapore Press Holdings. 
  20. ^ "Something Beautiful, a photography exhibition by Zhang Jingna". 

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