Adjunct Lecturer at Taipei National University of the Arts
2010 Higashikawa Award Overseas Photographer Awar
Chen Chin-pao went to the Department of Photography of School of Visual Arts in New York in 1996, and earned his degree of BFA with an award for outstanding Achievement three years later. Chen got MFA degree from School of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts in 2013. As a photographer, he has focused on different aspects of photography since the very beginning of his career. It was a series of documentary portraiture, “A Moment of Beauty: Betel Nut Girls”, to get him to be noticed. He recently works on two projects: “Circumgyration” deals with “pseudo memory” by taking fragments of memories from elementary school students and parents, then have students to stage and to “reenact” the scenes of memory. “Heaven on Earth” is a project of social landscape to photograph juxtaposed shrines, houses and graves and depict Taiwan as a land shared by gods, humans and ghosts. His latest ongoing project, “Ordinary Household”, is dedicated to depict contemporary Taiwanese domestic life. Chen was awarded The Overseas Photographer Award of the 26th Higashikawa Award at 2008, and participated 2018 les rencontres de la photographie, Arles. He lives and works in New Taipei City, Taiwan.