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(Left) REN HANG, Edited by Dian Hanson. Published by Taschen, Cologne, 2016. Softcover with color illustrations, 311 pages. 

(Right) RED FLOWER: THE WOMEN OF OKINAWA, By Mao Ishikawa. Published by Session Press, New York, 2017. Softcover with black-and-white illustrations, 112 pages. 

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The 29-year-old Chinese photographer Ren Hang enjoyed a busy, successful career with a full exhibition calendar before he committed suicide in Beijing in February 2017. Ren’s penchant for producing straightforward, self-consciously posed color portraits of nude women and men engaging in a wide variety of sexual permutations raised hackles among Chinese authorities but has garnered him an international, cult-like following. 

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