The life of a photographer – jet-setting and free-moving, independent and important – has been glamourised to no small extent. In Jet Lag, an autobiographical photobook, Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang allows us a view with a little less varnish. In black and white documentary images, shot between 2006 – 2012, Chang presents scenes from a life lived in airports and hotel rooms, from the repetitive and plain, to the quirky and unwelcoming. The images take a fascinated gaze towards the romanticised ideal of the transitory life, simultaneously self-aware enough to be detached from it while being fully embedded in it. A written text by Chang accompanies the images, fragmented and blinking from one location to the next, as life carries on elsewhere.
Jet Lag was included in GUP#49, the Intimacy issue.