More officials in Henan province are facing investigation for alleged corruption after a top official came under suspicion.
Qin Yuhai, deputy head of the provincial legislature, was removed from the post on Tuesday. He is the first provincial-level official in Henan to be investigated since the ongoing high-profile anti-corruption campaign began.
The 61-year-old is known as an avid photographer who often attends social activities as a shutterbug.
According to the website of the China Photographers Association, Qin won the country's top award for photography in 2007, and his works have been collected by the National Art Museum of China and exhibited in Paris and London.
In an interview with the World Photography Organisation in May, Qin said he took up photography after he was transferred from Heilongjiang province to Jiaozuo, Henan province, in 1998. He said he was amazed by the beauty of the city's Yuntai Mountain and wanted to capture its grandeurwith a camera.
Yuntai Mountain has since become an enduring subject of Qin's photographs. In addition to displays in Beijing and Shanghai, many of Qin's photos featuring the mountain's scenery have been exhibited at subway stations in such major cities as Xi'an and Shenzhen.
A staff member with the Scenic Area Administration Committee of Yuntai Mountain said on condition of anonymity that the committee paid to place lots of light box ads in Beijing subway stations, and all the photos of the mountain scene were taken by Qin.