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"Still images can be moving and moving images can be still. Both meet within soundscape"

- Chien-Chi Chang

b. 1961

Taiwanese/American

Based in Graz, Austria

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In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. The Chain a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002). The life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage. He has treated marital ties in two books—I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam.

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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Selected works

Social Issues

Chien-Chi Chang: The Chain

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Chien-Chi Chang captures life within the walls of Long Fa Tang sanitarium – the last resort for Taiwan's mentally ill, where they practice unconventional methods of treatment

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The Chain

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Newsroom

Revisiting Chien-Chi Chang’s Project, Myanmar, the Price of Isolation

Chien-Chi Chang

Upcoming Exhibition
Köln, Germany

Home, Photokina

Magnum Photographers
Sep 26 - 29

Arts & Culture

Chinatown: A Home Within the City

Chien-Chi Chang

Theme | 9 Stories

Home

Past Exhibition
Hong Kong, China

Home, Hong Kong

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 27

Past Exhibition
Tokyo, Japan

Home, Tokyo

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 30

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Home, Paris

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 19 · Free

Theory & Practice

Still Moving: Looking at Chien-Chi Chang’s Practice

Chien-Chi Chang

Past Workshop
Shenzhen, China

Multimedia Storytelling Mentorship with Chien-Chi Chang

Chien-Chi Chang
Mar 22 - Sep 19

Newsroom

The Long and Bloody History of Myanmar’s Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Magnum Photographers

Past Workshop
Hong Kong, China

Documentary Workshop in Hong Kong

Chien-Chi Chang
Sep 29 - Oct 3

Past Square Print Sale

Closer

Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Magnum Square Print

Chien-Chi Chang
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Newsroom

Escape From North Korea

Chien-Chi Chang

Newsroom

Double Happiness

Chien-Chi Chang

Past Exhibition
Brescia, Italy

Magnum’s First/Magnum: La première fois

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 11, 2017

Theme | 20 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Theme | 22 Stories

Migration and Refuge

Newsroom

The Migrant Crisis through the Eyes of Magnum Photographers

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Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

I Welcome: an Amnesty International & Magnum Photos exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Dec 18, 2016