When we first saw the images of the Chinese photographer Chen Man ( it’s a she / and the most beautiful one / as her imagery ) we almost fainted. If you’re familiar with our work here at Rhaw Studio, you know we are a huge supporters (and creators) of mixed media. We strongly feel fashion is boring if not borderlining with art. We feel every creative field should have an artistic aspect in it. And in Chen Man’s work – photomontage and photo manipulation takes center stage.

She’s been “accused” of not being a real photographer, of creating a fake art, but we can’t disagree more. What we “blame” for such stand against her work is the fact there is no such thing as a clear-cut boundary between fashion photography and artistic photography in China. As Chen Man says herself – “Photoshop is just a tool for the making of my art works, it doesn’t define them. My generation is really into computer reality, a reality that we can control and perfect in the way we choose.”

Her digital manipulations are so eccentric – just that skill alone make her a brilliant artist. She’s much more than a photographer; as one publication explained to perfection – “she creates an ethereal world inhabited by fantasy creatures – mostly female – appearing under the guise of contemporary beauties or alternative mythological figures”. Chen Man work has been commissioned by heavyweights such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Vision, the fact enough to silence her critics unable to accept she’s a creator of one brilliant, eccentric, ethereal universe. Chen Man absolutely deserved the last laugh – “I can do whatever I want. I can shoot whoever I want.”