Hazel Ling

Hazel Ling

Hilversum, Hilversum, Netherlands

About Hazel Ling

Hazel was born in Amsterdam shortly after her parents migrated there from China. Although she was raised in Holland the Chinese cultural influence on her was huge. Her cultural duality has shaped who she is today, how she sees things and the way in which she expresses herself in photography. Unconsciously the serenity, harmony and imaginary of Chinese art, combined with her awareness of western art have left an impression in her photographic style.

From an early age, she started to play with compact cameras and loved going through her mum’s black and white studio portraits from the sixties. Later she discovered the SLR cameras and found she could play with different objectives, combining apertures and shutter speeds and this opened up a whole new world to her. However, for a long time photography remained a much loved hobby and she chose to study Business Economics and worked internationally in the financial industry for a decade. When the right time came she decided to follow her passion for photography at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. Shortly after beginning there, The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam approached her to create an artwork to cover a huge wall, 7 meters long. During this process, which took more than a year, she was guided by her mentor. Her first international exhibition was in 2015 at Arta Gallery, located in Toronto’s historic district, during the most prestigious curated Photo Festival (Contact Photography Festival) in Toronto. As a result of her association with Arta she drew the attention of another Toronto Gallery, who also exhibited her work. Following this breakthrough she continues to present her work both in The Netherlands and internationally. She has participated in many other festivals and art fairs including the Affordable Art Fair and was nominated for the ‘Rabo Talent Prize’. She has also exhibited in Museums such as Hilversum Museum and the Van Abbemuseum.


Photo Academy, Amsterdam (BA)
Bachelor of Business Economics


Grachtengalerie, Utrecht

Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam
Homestede, Heemstede
Dimensions Gallery
Kunst10daagse, Bergen
Gemeentehuis Diemen
Orion Huisartsen, Amersfoort
Regenboogkerk, Hilversum

Gate 51, Hilversum
Rabobank, Hilversum
Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem Zuid, Haarlem
Atelier Préporché, Bourgogne, France
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Nationale kunstdagen, Nieuwegein
Kunst10Daagse Bergen, Bergen, The Netherlands
Kunstplein Cahen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lust Restaurant & Lounge
Brinkhuis, Laren
Grachtengalerie, Utrecht
Raadhuis, Hilversum
Open atelier dagen Hilversum
Museum Hilversum
Grafisch atelier Hilversum
Galerie Article, Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands

Abdij Hotel Rolduc, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Grachtengalerie, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Van Duivenboden Woninginterieur, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Schilt Publishing & Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gemeentehuis Diemen, Diemen, The Netherlands
Carpe Diem, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Grachtengalerie, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tergooi Blaricum, Blaricum, The Netherlands

Reade – Revalidatie en Reumatologie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Grachtengalerie,Utrecht, The Netherlands
Medisch Centrum Dudokpark,Hilversum, The Netherlands
Spaarne Hospital, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Dimensions Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Schiphol WTC Art Center, The Netherlands
Gemeentehuis Huizen, Huizen, The Netherlands

Homestede, Heemstede, The Netherlands
Carpe Diem, Bilthoven,The Netherlands
Deja-vu, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Maria Dral, Landsmeer, The Netherlands
Does Laren, Laren, The Netherlands
Studio Meijer, Hilversum, The Netherlands

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI/AVL), Amsterdam, The Netherlands