Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (b.1977) is a Taiwanese-born photographer now based in New York City, where he earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Pratt Institute. He is the first prize winner of the New York Times “Capture the Times” photo contest. Liao’s work has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions, and is represented by private and public collections, including JGS Inc. Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Queens Museum of Art, Deutsche Bank, Norton Museum and Kodak Eastman House. His photographs have been widely featured in publications, including Art in America, ArtNews, Photo District News, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the Village Voice. His first monograph, HABITAT 7, will be published by Nazraeli Press in 2007 and features an essay by Anne Tucker. Liao is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York.
Like river valleys that flowed through and gave birth to early civilizations, the IRT 7 train of the New York City subway system serves as the conduit that connects many ethnically diverse neighborhoods in northwest Queens to the heart of Manhattan. While I’ve been living along the “International Express” for years, I am still constantly awed by the complexity of the communities formed alongside it as well as the harmony so many people of distinct ethnic backgrounds are able to live in. I’ve come to see the 7 train as a “habitat” of these immigrant settlers who pursue the typical “American Dream” way of life while upholding their ethnic traditions.
Julie Saul Gallery
New York Times Magazine
Houston Center for Photography