My name is Noah PK Chen, I am based in Shenzhen now. I studied photography in KIAD, UK. There I got some domestic awards but I don't think it's worth mentioning. The greatest achievement for me.... To earn enough photography fee in order raise my 3 boys, hire and employee and in the end still have some extra money left to do my own experiments.
I wanted to be a ornithologist when I was a teenager. In the beginning, I was taking pictures of bird, insects and some other wildlife. During that period of my life, I lived in a country called "Belize" in Central America. My high school art teacher loved my work, he encouraged me to explore photography further. He even held an exhibition for me in his art gallery. (By the way, he was the son of the county's party leader, 10 yrs later he become the Minister of Culture and Education).
My clients always give me a lot of challenge on different fields and topics. My idol is Steve Meisel, you can see he excels in all different styles of photography. I guess I am following his route. I don't want to limit my work on certain style. However, friends are saying my work has its certain own style that I can't recognise.
MADE IN CHINA
More than 80% of clothes and shoes are manufactured in Asia. I guess this is the basic fact that no one could deny.
Independent designer's era is coming, the young generation is getting very aware of what do they want. China soon will surpass the US and become the largest fashion market in the world. Shanghai Fashion Week will surpass Milan Fashion Week within a decade. So, who knows where the next fashion capital will be. China is a huge country. I guess a lot people would pick Shanghai or Beijing. For me, I would say Dali, Yunnan. It is a historical town consist with many different ethnic groups in the South-West part of China.
I had this shooting plan for 5 yrs, the project originally was rejected by my client. However, I loved the story and I told myself when I'd have the time I would have to execute it by my own funding.