Place of Birth

Guangdong in 1979 China



Place of Residence


Official Site


Lin Zhipeng (aka No.223) is a leading figure of new Chinese photography emerging in the last decade, popularizing his work originally via social media and other online platforms as well as his self-published zines. Lin’s work has come to reflect and define a certain zeitgeist of the post-80’s and 90’s generation of non-mainstream Chinese youth. Amidst an otherwise conservative and often closed traditional society and cultural background, Lin’s photographs act as a collective not-so-private diary of a young generation wishing to escape the pressures from a high-stakes society and play within its limits. Faded flowers tangled with flesh tones, myriad patterns mixing with an emotional ambiguity of both love and chaos, fantasy and eroticism. 223’s works are saturated with a soft sense of carefreeness, a playful innocence, and a certain optimism amidst a hedonist lifestyle going against the expected pleasures and entrapments of the middle-class dream.

Naming himself “No. 223” after the police character in Wong Kar-Wai’s movie Chungking Express, Lin Zhipeng also adopts a sense of the Hong Kong director’s poetic and dreamy atmosphere as well as the loneliness and mystery of many of his film’s characters. Lin Zhipeng offers his point of view on an alternative youth spirit and culture in an often conservatively Chinese cultural context. His spontaneous photographs portray a young generation who indulge in love and life, oscillating between jubilation and deep melancholy, playful sexuality and often just the simple human need to be loved in an otherwise indifferent and ever-changing society.

Born in Guangdong in 1979, Lin Zhipeng is a photographer and freelance writer based in Beijing. Created in 2003, his blog “North Latitude 23” where he published everyday pictures accompanied by short texts received millions of views and made him famous among the web community. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications such a Vice and Voices of Photography magazines, as well as the book New Photography in China (2006). Presented for ten years in group exhibitions in China (Lianzhou International Photography Festival, 2008; 2014) and abroad (Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, 2013), Lin Zhipeng’s works have recently been the object of several solo shows both nationally and internationally (Loppis Galleria Parma, 2014; De Sarthe Gallery Beijing, 2016; Stieglitz19 Gallery Antwerp, 2016).


Solo exhibitions/Expositions personnelles


A Savage Affection 以蛮为情, Solonia Art Center, Suzhou (China)


Amphibian Relationships 两栖关系 – No.223@The Delaware Contemporary, Delaware (USA)

No.223@Akio Nagasawa Gallery Aoyama, Tokyo (Japan)

No.223@The Walther Collection feats Then And Now, The Walther Collection, Neu Ulm (Germany)

No.223@in)(between, in)(between Gallery, Paris (France)


No.223@GrandAmour , Grand Amour Hotel, Paris (France)

223@Stieglitz19, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)


No.223@M97, M97 Gallery, Shanghai (China)


No.223, de Sarthe Beijing Gallery, Beijing (China)

Hidden Track, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)


223, Loppis Galleria, Parma (Italy)

⻘青红皂⽩白 Velvet Pogo, Kui Yuan Gallery, Guangzhou (China)


蜜桃 The Peaches, ATTIC, Taipei (Taiwan)


我派对 Me Party, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing (China)

时光成分 Composition In Time, GZOP Lab, Guangzhou (China)


Books & Publications/Livres & Publications

Flowers and Fruits - No.223, Published by T&M Projects, Japan, 2019

Sour Strawberries – 2018, Editions Bessard France

In Our Secret Life – 2016, Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House, China

Hidden Track – 2015, Editions Bessard France

Versatile#2 – 2014, Self-published by No.223

Satellite of Love – 2012, Travel Photography Collection - Guangming Daily Press, China

No.223 – 2012, Revolution-Star, Taiwan

Versatile#1 – 2012, Self-published by No.223, China

Wild Oats – 2012, 88books, Canada

My Private Broadway III – 2011, Self-published by No.223, China

My Private Broadway II – 2006, Self-published by No.223

United Nude – 2006, United Nude

Too Magazine – 2007, Too Magazine Vol. 01 / Remix Issue / Summer 2007, China

Group Exhibitions/Expositions collectives


EL CUERPO REINTERPRETADO, NUE Gallerie, Valencia (Spain)

⼗十⽅方 Ten Directions: 三影堂摄影奖⼗十周年年特展 The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of The Three Shadows Photography Award,Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (China)

Chinese Spring #3, Stieglitz19 Gallery,Antwerp (Belgium)

知尚 A nous la mode! , Temple Beijing / Bailian Centre Shanghai (China)


世界切⽚片 The World Section, Xi'an Art Museum, Xi'an (China)

PHOTOSYNTHESIS, M97 Gallery, Shanghai (China)

诗 Poem, Zhong Gallery, Beijing (China)


遇⻅见森⼭山⼤大道 Meet Daido Moriyama, Aoman Space, Beijing (China)

坦⽩白·猝不不及防的九场⾃自拍实验 Illuminate Your Beauty, UCCA, Beijing (China)

BredaPhoto International Photofestival, Breda (Netherlands)


Teetering at The Edge of The World-Reading the Chinese Contemporary, Espacio de Arte Contemporeáno (EAC),

Montevideo (Uruguay)

This is not China anymore, GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Antigua (Guatemala)

图像新潮 Coming Image, curated by LEAP, Photo shanghai (China)

⾸首届⻓长江国际影像双年年展 Changjiang International Image Biennale, Chongqing (China)


Collab#1 curated by Now&Them, The Gallery,Shanghai (China)

No.223, 10th Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou (China)

XXX, BANK Gallery, Shanghai (China)

Chinese spring #2, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)


Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

不不合作⽅方式2 FUCK OFF 2, Groninger Museum (Netherlands)

Exposure, London Gallery West (UK)

平等的关系 Equal Relationships, Blindspot Gallery, Hongkong


宓爱 Secret Love,OSTASIATISKA MUSEET Skeppsholmen (Sweden)

每⼀一天 Everyday, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai (China)

Unspecified Urban Site, RH Gallery, New York (USA)

ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE, White Gloss Gallery. Los Angels (USA)

I have also other favorites, Stacion Gallery, Prishtina (Turkish)


蚯蚓-连州国际摄影节 Earthworm, Lianzhou Foto 2011 (China)

⽩白痴 dAfT,Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai (China)

Chinese Spring #1, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)

Boys' Little World,ZEN FOTO Gallery,Tokyo (Japan)

⼀一重影事 Recurrent Shadows, Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (China)

万相 MYRIAD VISIONS, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (China)

Art Amsterdam 2011 (Netherlands)

GTZ Photography Workshop 2011, Berlin, (Germany)


5PRCITY, United Nude Miami, Miami (USA)

Get It Louder Exhibition, touring exhibition, venues in Shanghai & Beijing (China)

⾸首届集美国际当代艺术节 The First International Contemporary Art Festival of China Jimei, Xiamen (China)

草场地摄影季 Caochangdi Photo Spring 2010: ARLES IN BEIJING, Beijing (China)

Box II: The Cruelty of Youth, White Space Collection, New York City (USA)


LINEART Fair at Flanders Expo Gent (Belgium)

China Now –The Edge of Desire, Max Lang, New York (USA)

我,我⻅见 I, I SEE- Southern Pocket Film festival, Guangzhou (China)


连州国际摄影节 Youth Appearance, 4th Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou (China)

变形记 Metamorphosis, Art Scene China, Shanghai (China)

潜活:公寓⽇日志 Hidden Life: Apartment Diary, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing (China)

FotoGrafia International Festival, Rome (Italy)

New Photography In China, City Festival (Hong Kong)


抽样 Sampling: Chinese Young Photographers, Potential Gallery, Beijing (China)

刷新 Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists, touring exhibition, ZendaiMoMA, Shanghai, China; ARARIO Gallery, Beijing (China)

Get It Louder Exhibition, touring exhibition, venues in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing (China)


⾃自私-连州国际摄影节 Selfhood – Absent Minded , First Lianzhou International Photography (China)


平遥国际摄影节 Five New Generation Photographers, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao (China)

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