Born in Beijing, Chen Man graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. Prior to her graduation she had already begun to lay the foundations of her career with the launch of a series of covers she produced for the Shanghai-based fashion magazine Vision, China’s first attempt at a progressive style magazine. Between 2003 and 2007, she created a sequence of cover images that were unique within the history of Chinese magazine covers, Arty, manipulated, fantastical, almost over the top, the images captured the socio-cultural fascinations of the moment: a visual confluence of every nuance of glamour, surface, virtual energy and freedom of the imagination that was seeping into the bedrock of the emergent youth culture of the period.
Aged just 33, Chen Man has revolutionised fashion and beauty photography in China and now has a 38 man strong team working at her studio in an artist’s resident’s block in central Beijing. She has shot covers for every major magazine in China and has had success outside of China, shooting for iD, The Times, Wallpaper, Muse and commercially for Guess.
Advertising: Mac, Guess?, Coach, Dior, L'Oreal, Biotherm, Swarovski, Shiseido, Longines, Van Cleef & Arpels, Levis, Omega, Hublot, Shanghai Tang & Mercedes Benz
Editorial: Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Muse, Wallpaper, iD, Madame Figaro, Esquire, Bazaar Men Style, Mens Uno, Elle Men & Vision