has documented the dazzling "transformer-style" traveling stage trucks used by all kinds of performers throughout Taiwan. The elaborate stages on wheels are giant, gaudy, glowing structures that travel virtually non-stop across the country — unfolding in a matter of minutes to reveal their magical settings, only to pack up and leave again minutes after a performance has finished.
Shen Chao-Liang Taipei, Taiwan
Shen Chao-Liang was born in Tainan, Taiwan, in 1968. He obtained his master degree from the Graduate School of the Applied Media Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts. He worked as a photojournalist and Vice Convenor for the Entertainment, Art and Literature News Center of the Liberty Times, and the Artist in Residence at National Central University, Taiwan. Shen has been dedicated to feature photography since 1993. From his early works of Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao (2001) to the latter series of YULAN Magnolia Flower (2008), Tsukiji Fish Market (2010) and STAGE (2011), he has been recognized by his sophisticated style of image creation and commitment to documenting the evolution of Taiwan society.
Shen won the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography (magazine category) of R.O.C (Taiwan) in 2000, 2002, and 2012, the Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan (2004), the Dong-gang Photography Award, Korea (2006), the Artists Wanted: Photography Category Award, NY, USA (2011), and the IPA (International Photography Award) (PRO), Book of Documentary Category 1st Place, LA, USA (2012), respectively.
In addition to being published in journals home and aboard, Shen’s works have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, France, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Serbia, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and PRC China. Currently he is a freelancer and photography critic, and teaches photography at Tamkang University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.