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/
song of the dragon river—a modern revolutionary peking opera (january 1972 script)