While Sim Chang’s incredible series photobook “Luminophone” can be outlined in relatively simple terms — models, immersed into the surrounding scenery, hide their faces behind portable screens — the results are astonishing. Roughly split into several parts, the book first offers a series of portrait-like situations using anime-characters’ faces to move on to wider shots of Taiwan’s landscapes and models with less expressive poses (incidentally using completely blank screens).
Sim Chang explains the creation process as following: “To a generation raised under the flicker of computer monitors, the screen reflects the transformations of one’s state of mind. It is a vessel for the virtual world and holds a part of one’s soul.”
“I’ve never seen photography art in this form of surrealism. The work looks deceptively simple at first glance, yet it actually isn’t […] From a contemporary point of view, Chang’s photographs are compelling. They are extremely creative — combining reality, fantasy and futuristic visions in the most interesting way.” — from Eikoh Hosoe’s speech given at the Young Portfolio Acquisitions Award