Born in Taiwan in 1961, Chien-Chi Chang 张乾琦 studied at Soochow University (B.A. 1984) and at Indiana University (M.S. 1990). He joined Magnum in 1995 and became a full member in 2001. In “Double Happiness” (2005), he offers a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam to groups of Taiwanese men.
At first a selection of young women is offered to the men in Ho Chi Minh City who sign up for the service. If a man chooses one of the girls and she accepts the proposal, the marriage takes place within three days. The marriage broker handles the entire affair from selection process to ceremony.
The images are accompanied by interviews with brokers, the men and the women, and sample “interviews” that take place between the potential brides and grooms as they determine their compatability. Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own deeply-divided immigrant experience.
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