Wu Hao‘s “3448 89th St” is an exploration of the new life Hao and his wife share in their Queens apartment. Hao studied television production in China and filmmaking in Japan, where he obtained an MFA. While Hao was studying, his then girlfriend was studying in the UK. After almost two yeras of a long distance relationship the couple moved back to China together, but did not live together. In 2012, they moved to New York, and at the end of the year they were married. This project began when they moved in together shortly thereafter. Hao told PDN via email, “‘3448 89th St'” is the place we live everyday, but also the stage [on which we make photographs]…. I try to balance the realism of documentary with the fictional of stage performance to achieve a stronger narrative.” Hao continued, “Our life is colored by strong gender differences as well as various pressures, such as being outsiders to a new culture. Thus we had gone through a rough time and our relationship used to be on the brink of collapse…[making photographs] is also a process for us to learn about love and acceptance.”
For more of Hao’s story, check out a recent article on PDNEDU.