Staged Portraits, second prize singles
February 6, 2012
Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is active across a number of media, including sculpture, installation, architecture, photography and film. He is highly vocal in his criticism of the Chinese government’s record on democracy and human rights, and in his investigations of corruption and cover-up.
In 2011, Ai was detained by the authorities, accused of tax evasion. He spent time in jail and under house arrest, and he cannot travel without government permission.
In May, Ai was a recipient of the inaugural Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, awarded by the Human Rights Foundation.
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Stefen Chow’s clients include The Smithsonian, Time magazine, Geo, The Guardian, and various commercial companies. He won the grand prize at the Arles Photography Open Salon for the Poverty Line, a photo project on what it means to be poor done in conjunction with economist Lin Hui-Yi, and was awarded an artist’s residency during the Les Rencontres d’Arles. The project has been exhibited at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing, China, and galleries in Singapore; Penang, Malaysia, and Cologne, Germany, and has been featured beyond photography-oriented press, including NPR, Foreign Policy, Xinhua and Singapore Business Times. The project was also presented at TED@ Shanghai, a global talent search by TED in 2012. In addition, Chow’s work has received awards from PDN, Billboard, International Photo Awards, and Photographie de la Paris. He is a judge for the Tokyo-based Nikon Photo Contest. At the age of 25, Chow climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, and is a member of the Explorers Club. Chow lives in Beijing, China, and Singapore.
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Stefen Chow on Twitter
19 September 2016
We are excited to know that the registration for the talk that Lin Hui Yi and I are giving at Lee Kuan Yew School... https://t.co/dHYbgj7Anj
17 September 2016
My photo studio today looks like a leaf out of the Oriental express. Very grand and beautiful. Hong Kong.... https://t.co/J9Ob9lcveb
16 September 2016
Walking up the peak in Hong Kong today. Glad to have wifey to be on my trip as a photography assistant. This is... https://t.co/3LQwmOie2E
15 September 2016
Traveling again. Enroute to Hong Kong. Excited about the upcoming shoot. Happy mid autumn festival to all!... https://t.co/AfEBQRDo71
13 September 2016
I am honored to be invited as a speaker to talk about The Poverty Line at the upcoming Asian Journalism Forum on... https://t.co/63vhxLDyyj