Taiwanese, b. Taiwan 1961
Chien Chi Chang is a photographer from the 90’s who’s work showed powerful emotion and beautiful meaning. He was born (1961) and raised in Taiwan and photographed illegal immigrants there and in america when he moved here. He mostly photographed in Chinatown, New York City.
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 shocking, nearly life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage.
Chang joined Magnum in 1995 and now lives in Taipei and in New York City.