© Chien-Chi Chang, Exhibitions coming up in Taipei:

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© Chien-Chi Chang, Nov. 19, 2010, Vienna Airport / Austria

A stand alone frame selected by Chang from the body of the contact project. An hours long exposure taken at Vienna Airport of light trails from the planes as Chang waited for his flight. A great way to bridge time while waiting for your flight.

“Waiting and wanting to take just one frame at a time goes against the traditional practice, where you tend to shoot more and then pick the right moment,” Chang says. “With this project, specifically, I don’t really care about the before and after anymore. I feel that one shot is enough. Sometimes I might feel I’m missing the so called ‘decisive moment,’ but when you accept that you are going to shoot this way, you accept that you will be missing something. If I get it, I get it, If I don’t, I don’t.”

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© Chien-Chi Chang, 1998, A newly arrived immigrant eats noodles on a fire escape, NYC / USA

Taiwan native Chien-Chi Chang documented the plight of illegal immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, and returned, with several of his subjects, to photograph family members left behind in rural China.
“I have an emotional stake in ‘Divided Lives,’” Chang wrote of the project. Before coming to the U.S. in 1991, he had heard endless stories about New York’s immigrant community. “I discovered a different reality where many Chinese were delivered at great personal sacrifice into a life of indentured servitude, fear and extortion.”

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"I photographed for 10 years, and I wrote for 1 year… and when I finished this work I finished it because I was told to. If I hadn’t been told to (…) I’d probably still be doing it and nothing else because I love doing it so much." (Larry Towell, talking about one of his photobooks)

Magnum photobooks are some of the most collectible and cherished books in the world. Magnum photographers, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb, Bruce Gilden, Chris Steele-Perkins, Lise Sarfati, Chien-Chi Chang, Eli Reed, Larry Towell, Leonard Freed, Jonas Bendiksen and Peter Marlow present and discuss their books in this video produced for the Magnum Festival 2007 in NYC.


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