Rian Dundon

Premiere DateMay 3, 2016
00:00 BTR Today
00:44 Rian Dundon
02:56 Language Consultant
05:05 It Was Like the Beatles
06:22 Fact and Fiction
07:55 The Entourage
09:35 Surrounded by Cameras
11:17 Image Machine
13:23 Fan Pictures
15:38 Cindy Sherman
17:48 Change In China
19:29 Fame in China
21:13 Pinnacle of Chinese Beauty
22:10 An Elaborate Reality
25:49 Finish

This week:

Photographer Rian Dundon discusses his book FAN, which he photographed over nine months while working as an English tutor to Fan Bingbing, one of the biggest celebrities in China. The book features lots of images of Bingbing herself, but Rian’s real subject is the artiface of fame and the perpetual performance required to keep it intact. In his photographs we see Bingbing’s entourage of PR people, hair dressers, and personal assistants. We see mobs of adoring fans and ravenous paparazzi. We see a world where every instant is being photographed by someone. It’s a world where even candid moments are part of the performance.

Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…