Chin-pao Chen

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TOP TO BOTTOM, from (“Circumgyration“)
© Chen Chin-pao, 2004

Chen Chin-Pao taught in an elementary school for a decade (while completing a BFA from SVA, New York) and his series on Circumgyration caught my eye. On first glance, you would think that these were documentary shots of daily school life in a Taiwanese school. Upon closer inspection (or rather, after reading the write up), you would come to realize that these images were staged. Nothing dramatic; just little snapshots of daily life taken out of context.

For more, visit his website. His Heaven on Earth series is also worth a look. Betel Nut Girls remind me of a time when I visited Taiwan as a young soldier. Those were funny days.