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.
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