Image+Space is a new group of retail photography galleries set to open across China, with its flagship gallery in Beijing launching in February 2017. Reflecting the substantial growth of the medium in China, Image+Space aims to become a hub for photographers, art lovers and cultural enthusiasts across the country, combining industry expertise with a retail offering of high-quality prints of editorial and archive photography from across the world.

Each Image+Space location will feature a retail gallery space, photo production lab and café. Image+Space plans to utilise each of its locations to host regular events such as international exhibitions, workshops and masterclasses given by world class photographers, with the aim of fostering China’s photography community; promoting discussion and the exchange of ideas between photographers, enthusiasts and buyers; and further developing the already substantial consumer interest in the medium across China.

Our Mission

Our core mission is to provide high-quality, authorised, affordable photographic prints to the rapidly emerging Chinese market. Working with our global partners through our office in London to secure licensing and rights agreements with top photo agencies and archives, we will ensure that China’s consumers have access to the world’s best photography.

Who we are

Cao Jian

曹俭 Cao Jian, Chairman and Founder

Image+Space is the brainchild of Cao Jian, a passionate lover of photography who made his name as an entrepreneur in the industry more than two decades ago, following his successful venture to introduce Kodak to the Chinese market through his chain of photographic production labs in the early 90s. He has since staged a number of major photography exhibitions, most recently at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Yintong Betser

阴彤 Yintong Betser, CEO

Yintong Betser was born and raised in Beijing before moving to London in 1993. She is a seasoned Anglo-Chinese business and marketing professional and has been running her business consultancy in the UK for 16 years. As a recognised authority on Anglo-Chinese business relations, she is the author of three books: Active Business Travel – Great Britain, and Active Business Travel – China, The UK Guide for Chinese Students. She is also the China advisor for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, writing a column for its magazine writing a column for its magazine London Business Matters.

Kimberley Hoang

Kimberly Hoang, Creative Director

Kimberly brings a wealth of experience as a picture editor to her role as creative director at Image+Space. She is currently a senior picture editor at the Guardian and has previously worked for the acclaimed New York photo agency Magnum. As Image+Space’s creative director, Kimberly is responsible for developing the look, feel and selections for our photographic library, as well as curating our exhibitions and talks. With a true photographer’s eye and a passion for visual language, Kimberly has a unique understanding of what makes an image remarkable, engaging, or just downright good fun.

Tara Rowse

Tara Rowse, Photographic Consultant

Tara studied Art and Design at University of Leeds. She specialised in the practical and theory side of photography. After graduating with first class honours, she worked for Hackelbury Fine Art Gallery. During this time she also set up Faces in Focus, a network of photographers who donate prints for charities. Tara’s photographic skills and her comprehensive understanding of the industry makes her a valuable member of the team, contributing greatly to our business development.