Opened to the public in 2007, Three Shadows is China’s only privately-run, non-profit centre dedicated to photography. The centre has two main goals: to legitimise photography as an art in China through education, and to reclaim a history of China through photographic images. ‘From a photograph, we can see the zeitgeist of an era,’ says Rong Rong, a prominent Chinese photographer and the co-founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. ‘But photography in China is three decades behind the West. Our understanding of photography is primitive – it’s still not considered an art here.’ To remedy this, Three Shadows runs workshops, invites internationally renowned photographers to give lectures, and boasts its own library of over 1,000 books.