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Biography
Born and lives in Hong Kong, Chan photo-shoots for mass and commercial titles, fashion magazines and frequently collaborates with international luxury and well-known brands since 2003. His consummate repertoire also includes inside pages for music records, stills for independent movies and stage productions. Apart from photography, he also works as an art director for album covers, music videos and TV promotional trailers. In 2012 to 2013, he participated in several exhibitions. His projects “Sing around the world”, “Green Monday ” and “People's Chefs” were awarded with Honorable mentions and Bronze award at Prix de le Photographie Paris in 2013.

Since 2010, he strives to re-think photographic transformation and the relationship between photography and city development. He has employed new media techniques and traditional wet plate photography technique to establish a comparison between the new, the old and the existential meaning of people as an individual entity.

Inventory Catalogue

Selected Exhibitions
2017
"Discerning Eyes", Group Exhibition, Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong
2015
"People's Chefs", Solo Exhibition, Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong

Awards
2013
"Last Supper", The Center for Fine Art Photography, USA, shortlisted

"Sing Around the World", Prix de le Photographie Paris, Bronze Award

"Green Monday", Prix de le Photographie Paris, Honorable mention

"People's Chef", Prix de le Photographie Paris, Honorable mention
2012
"Happy Man", Hong Kong Photo Book Awards, Honorable mention

"The Tin Soldier", Multi-Media Photography, Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards, shortlisted

Artist Statement

People’s Chefs - Photo Works by Pazu Chan

Whenever we think of a chef, we think about gourmet cuisine, white uniform, tall toque as well as a scorching kitchen. Yet these symbolic imageries often are not the true illustrations of a real chef. By shadowing 18 award-winning master chefs of various nationalities working in London and Hong Kong, I try to explore a chef’s identity from a different perspective. In my exploration, there are no photo works of food, kitchen or secret recipe. Unveiled through the lenses are the lesser-known facets of these chefs and their candid dispositions. I traced their footsteps around London and Hong Kong, feeling the pulses and beats of these two metropolis world famous for food and cuisines, photo-snapping unique cityscapes and vanishing street corners but most importantly, recording these chefs’ connections to their cities.

A chef’s culinary creativity usually revolves around their daily life, living environment, personal encounters and experiences. Set in various distinctive cityscapes of London and Hong Kong, my photographs reflect the interactions between these master chefs and their cities. Through the breaking of the stereotypical confinement that comes with their profession, I have amplified the chefs’ personality and identity by staging them outside the kitchens and presenting them at ease as integral parts of the communities.

The chefs:
From internationally heralded star chefs to local legendary culinarians, these 18 award-winning chefs share the same passion in cooking. Their legendary journeys in life as well as their sentiments towards their cities have fuelled their motivation and persistence to lead in their current achievements.

The cities:
Eighteen chefs explored places outside of their kitchens and were photographed in their chef’s whites. The backdrop, be it in a London street or at the Hyde Park, or a unique street corner of one vanishing cityscape of Hong Kong, together these emblematic symbols provide audiences with a different perspective.

The juxtaposition of the chefs and the cities creates a contrast as well as a harmony, familiar and yet somewhat unusual. Perhaps without these very individualistic sentiment and perception towards their respective city, these chefs would not have become who they are and their food would not have tasted as they are now.

The People’s Chefs is to realize my concept to record or to change the interactive relationship between urban development and people, as well as to explore the human factors and sentiments behind symbolism.



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