Instagram Takeover – Alex Huanfa Cheng

Alex Huanfa Cheng’s photographic practice takes him from the world at large into his family bed. Chinese Wonderland is his attempt to capture the ‘contradictions and dualities’ of contemporary China, as seen by an expat abroad. While his ongoing project, The Days with Zhiyu, has since 2013 captured his partner in the most intimate circumstances.

Born in Hubei, China Cheng now lives in Paris after coming to France in 2012 to study contemporary photography a the L’école nationale supérieur de beaux-arts de Paris. In 2019 he was awarded the Laureate of Bourse du talent. He divides his time between personal projects and fashion photography in Europe and China.

Cheng is taking over @paperjournalmag from today until the 2nd of September. You can follow him @alex_huanfa_cheng and see more of his work at