Chien-Chi Chang


Chien-Chi Chang was born in Taiwan in 1961, is a member of the Magnum agency since 1995 and currently lives between New York and Taipei. born in a middle class family in Taiwan, he studied at the universities of Soochow and Indiana in 1990. Later he worked in the Seattle Times (1991 - 1993) and the Baltimore Sun (1994-1995). He has photographed the lives of illegal immigrants in New York, especially in Chinatown , but is also known for documenting his homeland. Family pressure to marry led him to make a unique wedding photography work. Won the Foundation for photography humanistic W. Eugene Smith in 1999.
In his work, Chein-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. With its collection of portraits "The Chain", made ​​in a mental institution in Taiwan, caused a sensation at the Venice Biennale (2001) and Sao Paulo Biennale (2002). The striking, almost life-size photographs of partners of patients impacted literally chained by their strength. Chang has treated the theme of marriage in two books - "I Do I Do I Do" (2001), a collection which shows boyfriends and brides in Taiwan and in "Double Happiness" (2005), a harrowing description of the business of selling brides in Vietnam - The family and cultural ties are also the subject of an ambitious project initiated in 1992. For 17 years, Chang has photographed the lives of Chinese immigrants forked in New York's Chinatown, along with their wives and families at home in Fujian.
The ties of family and of culture are also the themes of an ambitious project begun in 1992. For 20 years, Chang has photographed the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. A work in progress, “China Town” was hung at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008 as part of a mid-career survey, “Doubleness.” Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own deeply divided immigrant experience. Born in Taiwan in 1961, Chang studied at Soochow University (B.A. 1984) and at Indiana University (M.S. 1990). Chang joined Magnum in 1995 and became a full member in 2001.

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