Chen Man is a Chinese fashion photographer who has produced numerous covers for Chinese and international fashion magazines and for major international companies. Her photos are widely exhibited globally.
Born in Beijing, she quickly demonstrated her artistic talent, drawing a mouse when she was only two. Her mother ensured her development, sending her to a drawing class and to a high school specialising in art. She then attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied graphic design. When only 23 and still a student, her self-styled photographs were published on the covers of China’s Vision Magazine, bringing her immediate prominence. Handling all her post-production work herself, she makes extensive use of digital tools including Photoshop and 3D Max. In addition to cover photographs for Vision Magazine over a number of years, she has also contributed to Chinese features in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire. She frequently works with the makeup artist Toni Lee. She now runs her own company, providing photographs for the advertising campaigns of Motorola, Adidas and Gucci while presenting her work at exhibitions in Chinese cities. In 2012, she embarked on a partnership with MAC Cosmetics designing a collection of pink and blue products representing love and water, the elements Chen believes are behind the origin of life.
Photographer Chen Man married to American-born Raphael Ming Cooper, cofounder of Society Skateboards, she has two small children.