CHEN MAN CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER

Three origami rabbits

CHEN MAN WAS BORN IN 1980 BEIJING, CHINA

She grew up after the Cultural Revolution as a part of the one-child policy. Today she produces covers and advertising campaigns for fashion magazines including Marie Claire, i-D, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and collaborates with major brands worldwide. She started studying painting when she was only two years old. Later on, in life moved to various kinds of paintings including Western, Chinese also studied architecture and graphic design. The need for change made her want to try photography. Today she mainly photographs people.

‘We should utilise the way people view fashion to repackage issues such as animal protection, classic philosophies and traditional things because people’s eyes are spoiled by materialism.’

Chen Man fashion covers
Victoria Beckham photographed by Chen Man

Chen Man fashion covers

Chen Man fashion covers

Long live the Motherland by Chen Man

Dior “Miss Lady” by Chen Man

CAREER STAGES

For a long time, she was not recognised by other Chinese photographers as an artist. Her career has gone through three stages; the first stage was the Vision series for Vision Magazine. Then entered a fashion scene, that’s when her second stage began. Chen Man started doing a lot of fashion and commercial shoots. Her third stage is fusing Chinese artistic roots with a Western approach. She combines photographic techniques and posts work technologies.

Chen Man is the first to photograph China’s contemporary fashion scene, capturing the traditional culture and philosophies in visual settings. Her work expresses the relation between East and West, present and the future, earth and humans and the universe and humans.

‘To change the world you need more than one person’s strength. It’s not like before with the hero doctrine. To change the world you need the strength of the collective. So I photograph groups of people.’

Photographed by Chen Man

Photographed by Chen Man

Photographed by Chen Man

CHEN MAN THE VISUAL ARTIST

      

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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Featured image Origami Rabbits my own creation. I decided to put origami images for those posts where I feature Chinese artists.

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GUO PEI CHINESE FASHION DESIGNER

Origami pink swan

I’M NOT A FEMINIST, I THINK WOMEN SHOULD BE LIKE WATER, IT LOOKS SOFT AND TENDER, BUT IT’S VERY POWERFUL

Guo Pei is a Chinese fashion designer. For most of her career, she was dressing celebrities and crème de la crème of the society. Her design takes form Chinese cultural heritage through embroidery mixed with Western style. In January 2016 she was nominated by the TIME magazine as 100 Most Influential People and by Businesses of Fashion’s 500 most influential people in today’s world fashion. Today she employs 500 artisans in her Beijing studio.

It was impossible to find any embroiderers because, during the Cultural Revolution, that was considered a really bad skill to have, so no one was learning and no one was teaching this kind of skill was lost, says Pei

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

Guo Pei on Instagram

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