We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news that Ren Hang, one of the leading lights of the new generation of Chinese artists, has died. When we founded Éditions du LIC, Ren Hang's photography precisely represented the work that we wanted to publish and as a consequence, he was the first artist we asked to collaborate with. 'Republic' by Ren Hang became the second book that we published. It was a privilege and an honour to have the opportunity to collaborate with him. An incredibly talented and brave individual, Ren Hang's passing represents a huge loss for the world of photography. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.