Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Anna-Patricia Kahn.
In Jet Lag, award-winning Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang (born 1961) presents succinct black-and-white images of globalized alienation. Planes, beds and flickering screens provide the only continuity; there is little human warmth except the body heat of the passenger in the next seat.
Published by Aperture. Essay by Claudia Glenn Dowling.
For Taiwanese photographer Chien-Chi Chang, Double Happiness is an extremely personal project: “For years, my folks had been bugging me to get married,” he says, “and I wanted to show them how I view marriage in Taiwan. I'm not anti-marriage... but I had to do something to protest.” That was in 1994, and thus began Chang's fascination with the Taiwanese wedding industry. Double Happiness is the maturation of this original impetus. His first work on the topic was classically photojournalistic in approach, following the mainstream wedding industry as it manufactured strangers into brides and grooms. Almost ten years later, the work and his approach have evolved enormously, resulting in a body of work that addresses the fringes of the wedding industry: the voluntary importation of women from Vietnam and other poorer Asian countries into Taiwan for the purpose of brokered marriages. In this process, a selection of young women are displayed to the men who sign up for the service; if a man chooses one of the girls and she accepts the proposal, the marriage takes place within three days. The marriage broker handles the entire affair from selection process to ceremony. Chang offers a series of scenarios throughout the process such as selection, application and paperwork, and ceremony. The images are accompanied by interviews with the brokers, the men and women, and sample “interviews” that take place between the potential bride and grooms as they determine the suitability of their partners. Chien-Chi Chang was born in 1961 in Taiwan. Over the past decade, he has worked in New York's Chinatown, documenting the lives of immigrants there. These pictures have appeared in National Geographic magazine, as well as the New Yorker, Time and German Geo. The series earned Chang first place in the category “Daily Life Story” from World Press Photo in 1999. That same year, Chang won a grant from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for humanistic photography and was awarded the Visa d'Or in magazine photography in Perpignan. He was named the Missouri/NPPA 1999 Magazine Photographer of the Year. His previous publication, The Chain (2001) is a collection of portraits made of inmates in a mental asylum in Taiwan. He has exhibited at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, The Venice Biennale, and the Sao Paolo Bienal and at the International Center of Photography in New York. Chang is a member of Magnum Photos.
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Published by Ivy Liu/Premier Foundation. Essay by Cheryl Lai. Foreword by Sarina Yeh.
These Taiwanese wedding pictures are not the celebratory nuptial norm that are the bread and butter of photographers everywhere, but rather a jaundiced look at the institution and the industry of marriage. A couple is caught in a net of spray-string confetti; a bride poses among ruin; a chain of wedding couples kisses in a zoo with caged elephants behind them; and a post-nuptial couple, in all their Western finery, sleep soundly, and separately, in the back of a limousine. I Do, I Do, I Do reveals conflicts that the artist, a 41-year-old unwed man with three younger sisters and no brothers, feels about the notion of mariage and all the traditional family pressures that it entails.
BOOK FORMAT Clothbound, 10.25 x 10.25 in. / 120 pgs / 56 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/2/2002 Out of print
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