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Stefen Chow  Photographer/Director in Beijing. Co founder of The Poverty Line. World Press Photo winner. Summited Mount Everest.

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Portrait of Liu Qiangdong, or Richard Liu, founder of JD.com Global . Cover story for @forbes Asia Magazine.
His net worth is US$8.1 billion, and Jingdong today has 236.5 million active customer accounts. It is the Amazon equvalent in China. Wifey reminded me to tell him we buy eggs and daily groceries from his company.
I forgot.
I had to photograph him in 3 scenarios in 15 minutes flat. Outside his office at the top floor for the cover, one additional option, plus a ground floor shot with his famous delivery biker boys. We even had a mini episode where the elevator was jammed.
His minders were constantly breathing down my neck. One senior manager came up to my face and said your time is up. I looked down my watch and said, 'Nah, there is 2 minutes 30 seconds left.' With these CEOs and power players, the pressure is always on.

Clarification: I arrived about 3 hours before to scout, arrange the bikes (even asked the biker boys to go for a smoke while they wait) and set up the studio in his office. We also spoke to his assistant at least a week before to plan for the proper logistics. #stefenchow #portraits #ceos

Portrait of artist Cao Fei in her Beijing studio. One of the outtakes from a recent shoot with BMW Magazine. I personally love her work, and her videos really make you pause and reflect.
She is one of the most innovative Chinese young artists to have emerged on the international scene. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
Cao Fei’s recent projects of 2016 include her first retrospective at MoMA PS1 and BMW Art Car #18. #stefenchow #portraiture #photography #caofei

Portrait of Cao Fei in her studio in Beijing.
She is one of the most innovative Chinese young artists to have emerged on the international scene. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
Cao Fei’s recent projects of 2016 include her first retrospective at MoMA PS1 and BMW Art Car #18.
One of the outtakes from a shoot with BMW Magazine. #portrait #caofei #stefenchow #china

Assignment for Smithsonian Magazine. 'Others, like the Guangsheng Temple, which Liang and Lin visited with the Fairbanks in 1934, involved a more concerted effort. It lies in the hills near Linfen, now one of the most toxic of Shanxi’s coal outposts. (In 2007, Linfen had the honor of being declared “the world’s most polluted city.”) Much of the landscape is now completely disguised by industry: Mountains are stripped bare, highways are clogged with coal trucks. Back in 1934, Lin Huiyin had written, “When we arrived in Shanxi, the azure of the sky was nearly transparent, and the flowing clouds were mesmerizing.... The beauty of such scenery pierced my heart and even hurt a little.” Today, there are no hints of azure. A gritty mist hangs over everything, concealing all views beyond a few hundred yards. It’s a haunted landscape where you never hear birds or see insects. Here, the silent spring has already arrived.' #architecture #shanxi #china #smithsonian #history #night

Assignment for Smithsonian Magazine. 'Pingyao survived only because authorities in the poor district lacked the resources to topple its formidable fortifications, which are up to 39 feet thick, 33 feet high and topped with 72 watchtowers. The crenelated bastions, dating from 1370, also enclosed a thriving ancient town, its lane ways lined with lavish mansions, temples and banks dating from the 18th century'
#architecture #shanxi #china #smithsonian #history #stefenchow

Built in A.D. 857, the splendid Buddhist temple of Foguang (the view from the Great East Hall) is the finest surviving example of Tang dynasty architecture.

An assignment for Smithsonian magazine.
#stefenchow #landscapes #history #smithsonian #china #shanxi #architecture

Foguang Temple, the oldest timber structure in China. Assignment for Smithsonian Magazine on 'The Couple Who Saved China’s Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever' 'In 1937, when monks heaved open the enormous wooden portals, the pair was struck by a powerful stench: The temple’s roof was covered by thousands of bats, looking, according to Liang, “like a thick spread of caviar.” The travelers gazed in rapture as they took in the Tang murals and statues that rose “like an enchanted deified forest.” But most exciting were the designs of the roof, whose intricate trusses were in the distinctive Tang style: Here was a concrete example of a style hitherto known only from paintings and literary descriptions, and whose manner of construction historians could previously only guess. Liang and Lin crawled over a layer of decaying bat corpses beneath the ceiling. They were so excited to document details such as the “crescent-moon beam,” they didn’t notice the hundreds of insect bites until later. Their most euphoric moment came when Lin Huiyin spotted lines of ink calligraphy on a rafter, and the date “The 11th year of Ta-chung, Tang Dynasty”—A.D. 857 by the Western calendar, confirming that this was the oldest wooden building ever found in China.' http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/

Khalil Fong 方大同 plays the guitar to a song he has written in his hotel room. Chongqing, China. 22:39 hours. 11 September.
I shot this campaign for KEF where we showed intimate moments in the celebrity musician's life.
It was an incredible experience as I traveled across China for a month following his hectic schedule. It also gave me profound respect on his dedication and work ethic. #blackandwhite #campaign #kef #khalilfong #stefenchow

Happy Birthday to @soulboykhalilfong ! May your day be a special one... :) Khalil Fong 方大同 listens to music in a car on the 340.5km long Chengyu Expressway as he travels between Chongqing and Chengdu for promotional activities surrounding his upcoming album.
20:18 hours. 10 September.
I shot this campaign for @kefhongkong @kef_america where we showed subtle moments in the celebrity musician's life.
It was an incredible experience as I traveled across China for a month following his hectic schedule. It also gave me profound respect on his dedication and passion towards his craft, his life and the people around him. #nikon #stefenchow #khalilfong #kef #blackandwhite #campaign #b&;w

Medical test lab at 6500m on Himlung Himal in the Himalayas, Nepal. Photographed for GEO Magazin.
The picture was recently exhibited as part of "The Unknown Planet" exhibition at Fotofestival »horizonte zingst«". It was a beautiful outdoor exhibition in Germany's north facing the Baltic sea. My work was exhibited beside some of the best adventure photographers of today, including George Steinmetz, Robbie Shone, Solvin Zankl, Christian Ziegler, Tim Laman, Christoph Gerigk and others.
We all have Lars Abromeit, Writer and Staff-Editor at @geomagazin to thank for this opportunity. @nikonasia @fstopgear

I think our flight is late. What else can we do?
On assignment in Inner Mongolia.

Woke up at 3am this morning to catch an early morning flight. Here on a day assignment. It is so hot I dream of ice cream.

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