Chen is a photographer, videographer, and new media researcher. His professional
career spans nearly twenty years working as a photojournalist as well as in
the motion picture and broadcasting industry, digital visual media research
and experiment and multimedia consultation. In 1999, Chen was honored by Who’s
Who in Chinese Photography, which nominated him as an outstanding photographer
and included his work in its publication.
As a freelance photo contributor,
his photographs and essays have been appeared in numerous Asian publications
including: People’s Photography
and Popular Photography, China; Lian
He Zao Bao (the United
Morning News), Singapore; Wen Wei Po
(the Cultural Daily), Hong Kong; and Photo Creator, Malaysia. In
1996, he participated in the photographic project, Singapore Today.
In that same year, he initiated and organized the photo exhibition, The
Hope Project—Education in Rural China in cooperation with the
Alliance Francaise de Singapour,(Singapore). In 1998, he translated the book,
Visual Concepts for Photographers (by Leslie Stroebel, Hollis Todd
and Richard Zakia, 1984) into Chinese for the Chinese Photography Press. In
the United States, his work has appeared in The
Murphy Report, Atomicliving.com, bleakbeauty.com
and Cross-Cultural Poetics and
the geowall on-line journal.
SSince 1998, Chen has been based
in Minneapolis where he works as a new media researcher, practitioner, multimedia
consultant and photographer at the School
of Mass Communication and Journalism (SJMC) at the University
of Minnesota in addition to a freelance media consultant in the Twin Cities.
His position requires teaching students non-linear editing skills (Final
Cut Pro, Media 100, AVID),
digital videography (Sony VX1000, Sony
TRV900, Sony DSR200DVCAM) and graphic arts
programs (Photoshop, After
Effects, Quark). Under his supervision,
student broadcasting projects at the SJMC have won many regional awards including:
Best Documentary (NBNA, SPJ); Best Feature
(NBNA); Best Photojournalism (NBNA) and Best Newscast (NBNA). As a cultural
consultant, he has worked with the Minneapolis
Institute of Arts to organize its Winter 2000 photo exhibition, 50
Years Inside The People’s Republic and its related programming
and events. In conjunction with the exhibition, Chen presented a public lecture,
“China Pattern: A Culture Revealed Through Photographs”.
His video work, “Life Is...
” was screened in 3rd Annual Really Independent Video Festival
2000 in Duluth, Minnesota and the American Television Annual Showcase for
International Short Film and Video in San Diego, California. In October 2000,
that video won a 2000 Minnesota Emmy.
Chen is currently completing his
Master’s Degree in Journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
at the University of Minnesota. His Master’s research thesis explores
the informational fidelity in digital visual communication.