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Magnum New York Workshop with Chien-Chi Chang
August 30, 2012
by Chien-Chi Chang
During the Magnum New York Workshop with Chien-Chi Chang from October 15-19 2012, students will participate in an intimate and unique 5 day shooting workshop with Magnum Photographer Chien-Chi Chang with the great city of New York as its location. Participants will produce individual projects under the same constraints as a professional assignment, but with daily review and editing sessions within the group. Focusing on story formation, visual literacy, and personal vision, the Magnum New York Workshop is an immersive and intensive masterclass taught in the working atmosphere of the Magnum New York office. Prior to the workshop, each accepted applicant will be sent specific directives from Chien-Chi Chang to help prepare for the experience.
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.

The Requirements:

The Magnum New York Workshop is aimed at photographers who are dedicated to pushing their own personal photographic boundaries. No more than 12 students will form this intimate group of both professional and amateur photographers. This workshop requires participants to arrive ready to work hard and to take their photography to a new level. This is not a workshop designed for beginning photographers, and students are required to submit samples of their work for review before being accepted. Due to the fast pace of the week, participants are expected to arrive prepared to produce and edit their projects digitally. Several Mac stations are available during the workshop but many students prefer to bring and work on their own laptops. Students must bring their own digital cameras. For those students who would like to shoot film, they may do so but must have all film developed at their own cost and on the required deadlines.

The tuition is $1350.00 USD not including travel, meals and accommodations.
Applicants must submit a $100 non-refundable application fee that will be credited towards the final tuition.

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