Han Lei was born in Kaifeng, Henan Province. He graduated from Central Academy of Arts and Design in 1989. His solo exhibitions include: Alienation, 1996-1997, Beijing, Berlin and Helsinki; Portraits: Han Lei, Gallery Polaris and Gallery Loft, 2005, Paris; In 2007, Photography by Han Lei, Hanart TZ Gallery, 2007, Hong Kong, China; In Between: Han Lei, 2010, Taikang Space, Beijing; Spiral: Han Lei Solo Show, M97 Gallery, 2014, Shanghai, China. He has participated in many photography festivals and group exhibitions since 1994. In 1998, he was awarded the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography at Art Center and Studio Gallery, San Francisco.