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怜香伴 - the fragrant companion
怜香伴 was written by Li Yu, a late-Ming early-Qing actor and playwright, and tells the tale of two women, Cui Jianyun and Cao Yuhua, who meet at a temple and fall in love, and promise to be husband and wife in their next lives. Having newly married Fan Jiefu, Cui Jianyun convinces her husband to take Cao Yuhua as a second wife, so that the two might be together forever. [x]
Steve McCurry, Performers from the Chinese Opera backstage, Hong Kong (1984)
Shanghai-based artist Maleonn 马良 (aka Ma Liang) has travelled around 25 Chinese provinces, photographing 1, 600 people in a mobile photo studio and posting the images on his Weibo account from February to November 2012. Taking several months to prepare for the project which included painting sets and backgrounds, making the costumes, producing the props, and arranging locations, the artist established a set of guidelines for his subjects. There would be a minimum of eight people per city who would provide food, accommodations and a space to work for him and his team. The subjects (ranging from young children to old people) would be dressed up in various types of fantasy dress like tank drivers, policemen, Tang Dynasty scholars.
Artist website: http://www.maleonn.com/