The collection of Fritz Hoffmann’s China Work contains 200,000 images made in China from 1994 to 2018. This gallery of pictures selected from the collection provides a general sense of the diversity of subject and wide range of locations that Hoffmann’s photography in China covers. A new picture is added to the gallery daily. Follow the collection on Instagram at @fritzhoffmannschinawork

All content is Copyright 1994-2020 Fritz Hoffmann

It was this last frame at the end of a long day of photography that made it to print. This is near Lugu Lake in Yunnan province where the Mosuo minority lives. But I didn’t find a picture at the lake. It had become developed for tourism by 2007 when I visited. So I hiked a couple hours up to a remote Mosuo village, made some pictures and hiked out.

It was end of the day by the time we returned to the car. We hadn’t driven but a short distance when I spotted the small, young white horse in the distance standing in the center of the road. The sun lit it so nicely. I got out of the car and walked slowly forward but the horse moved to where it is here in the photo. The residents of the village were active and I made some quick frames before curiosity and suspicion of me changed the scene and those last rays of sun were lost.

The picture stood out in our edit and was printed as a two page spread in the National Geographic cover-to-cover special edition on China that was published ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The people living there are actually of the Yi minority, not Mosuo. The Yi usually dwell in the hills but the people I photographed here told me, actually told my hired driver, that poverty had motivated them to move down to this valley.

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This image of Shaolin Kung fu Master Shi Dejian at his Chanwuyi center high in the mountains called Songshan in Dengfeng, Henan, China stirs strong memories in me. I was moved by Master Dejian and his life of devotion.

Shi Dejian left the Shaolin temple when it began to stray further from it origins and expand commercial ventures. He built the center from granite cut from the mountain. It is breathtaking to visit.

Chan is zen. Wu is martial arts and Yi is Chinese medicine.

Shi Dejian is a practicing Buddhist monk, a vegetarian. Many times martial artists have sought him out to challenge him. While I was there a Thai kick boxing champ arrived with film crew in tow. Master Dejian refused to fight him. The challenger persisted and finally Dejian offered that his novice apprentice would stand in for him. Within seconds, the kick boxer met his fate and was laid out by the apprentice.

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Jia Liangyu hauls chunks of coal up a switchback path worn into the steep hills of yellow earth in northern Shaanxi, China. I met Jia while wandering Shanbei on assignment for @natgeo

Copyright 2006-2021 Fritz Hoffmann #fritzhoffmann #leicaphotography #leicacamera #shanbei #shaanxi #coal #16tons #china

Scaffolding erectors just below the spire on the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai September, 1997. To get there I talked my way past the gate guard, walked into the site office and asked the manager for permission. He handed me a hardhat and badge and said "Be careful". Off I went on my own for the day climbing around on construction of what was then the highest building in China. (I read that the Pearl TV Tower, seen in the distance, is taller if you count the antenna.) It was such an unbelievable feat that I returned the next day. The tower is 1380 feet / 420.5 meters tall. This unpublished image was made on assignment for Businessweek. Copyright 1997 Fritz hoffmann #JinmaoTower #HuangpuRiver #Shanghai #China #FritzHoffmann #lujiazui #pudong #leica #leicachina #leicaphotography ...