Shen Chao-Liang is a talented freelance photographer, teacher, photography curator and critic who was born in 1968 in Tainan, Taiwan. He received his MFA in Applied Media Arts from National Taiwan University of Arts. Shen Chao-Liang made over 100 photographs between 2006 and 2011. In his introduction to his book, Stage, the artist explains his fascination with these stage trucks, their history, how they are made, and the life that surrounds the performers and business owners. In the early 1970’s, the trucks were furnished with simple stereo and keyboard equipment, and required extensive manual set-ups. With the advent of new technologies, the stages have morphed into electronic multimedia floats; marvels of precision involving special materials, electronics, hydraulics, and industrial design –all powered by wireless remote control, with set ups accomplished in just a few minutes.
Shen Chao-Liang won the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography (magazine category) of Taiwan in 2000 and 2002; the 2004 Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan; the Best Foreign Photographer Award at the 2006 Dong-gang Photography Festival, Korea; and the Honorable Mention of the 2010 Taipei Art Award. He has exhibited in Taiwan, China, Korea, Spain, Japan, US, Canada, France and Peru. Published works include: STAGE, Tsukiji Fish Market, YULAN Magnolia Flower, Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao, and Brand 9.