Vision series by Chen Man (陈漫). Photography. 2003.
Chen Man is one of China’s premier fashion photographers. As a visual artist, Chen Man works in digital art, cinematogrphy, and graphic design in addition to photography. An alumni of Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, she specializes in photomontage of primarily female subjects and is widely known for her mastery of digital postproduction technique. She has worked with top celebrities including Shu Qi, Fan Bingbing, Rihanna, and Nicole Kidman. Often labelled as the “Mario Testino of China” and the “Chinese Annie Lebowitz,” Chen Man continues to pave her own unique path in the visual arts industry, seeking to redefine Chinese feminine beauty and aesthetics in an authentic manner. Chen is also currently the guest editor for CNN Style.
This series of photographs is from when Chen was still a student, shooting covers for China’s VISION magazine. Having teamed up with the magazine’s art director Zhang Dan, Chen produced surreal portraits of fantasy and glamour by combining elements of fashion photography and her signature post-production graphic design from 2003 to 2004. From top to bottom the photographs are named: Astronaut, Year of the Monkey, Golden Fish Goblin, Devil, and Sex Flower – 1.