Beijing photographer Chen Man (b.1980) is the leading photographer of her generation. Over the past seven years she has contributed to some of the world’s best-known lifestyle magazines and produced acclaimed campaigns for international brands such as Motorola and Adidas.
Chen gained prominence in 2003 when she completed a series of ground-breaking covers for the China-based design and arts magazine Vision. Although then still a student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the images she produced crashed the conservatism of China’s media industry at the time and captured the spirit of creative possibility that was driving a new generation of artists and designers.
Chen made eight covers for Vision. Each image is based on an original studio shot that is digitally enhanced in post production. However, it is the eclectic range of motifs and influences in her work, from Mickey Mouse and Manga to the Three Gorges Dam and the Great Wall, that best characterize her aesthetic.