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
13 July 2016
Intensively extensive reveal of 5 established photographers' workflow and everything in between. We guarantee all... https://t.co/r2Q6zFuf0T
12 July 2016
I posted 6 photos on Facebook in the album "Start with Why, Shanghai" https://t.co/vAD9ayzC5c
11 July 2016
Received the Smithsonian Magazine in the mail today with my photographs on World War I and the Dolomites. I am... https://t.co/pgHRuO7Mw8
5 July 2016
Dear friends of Shanghai, I will be speaking at 'Start with Why' this coming Saturday. Start with Why is a... https://t.co/XESdJL8Xb7
4 July 2016
Happy July the 4th Independence Day! Pictured: The Poverty Line, USA. 2011. That's 3 cheese burgers if you are... https://t.co/h6SIkuIT1t