• Tseng Kwong Chi, New York, New York, 1979, gelatin silver print, 20 × 16". From the series “East Meets West,” 1979–89.

    Tseng Kwong Chi

    Ben Brown Fine Arts | Hong Kong

    The image of Tseng Kwong Chi dressed in a Mao suit, wearing Ray-Bans, and posing for a self-portrait in front of the World Trade Center for his photograph New York, New York, 1979, is undeniably iconic. After all, selfies were not yet a thing back then—and the twin towers represented a kind of optimism. Rendered in black-and-white, the picture was shot from a low angle. As Tseng gazes upward, light glinting off his sunglasses, his face takes on the same kind of sun-kissed metallic sheen of the monolithic structures rising into the clear sky behind him. The image forms part of the artist’s

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