The Chain - Signed Book by Chien-Chi Chang – Magnum Photos

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The Long Fa Tang Temple in southern Taiwan is both a sanctuary and a prison for 700 mental patients. The temple administers don’t use medications or treatments offered in other institutions. Instead, the Buddhist monks and nuns who oversee the patient population employ chains for "therapeutic" purposes.

A patient in stable condition is linked and locked to one who is considered less sound. Day in and day out, the more lucid one leads the two-person chain gang.

Patients typically arrive at the temple under duress. After exhausting conventional medical treatments, desperate family members see Long Fa Tang as the last resort for the incurable. Chien-Chi Chang’s work, shows the patients chained together and forced to work on a chicken farm, is brought together in this book of infinite humanity.

Signed by Chien-Chi Chang.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 112
  • Publisher: Trolley
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Printed 600 lines per inch in Belgium by Salto NV, Rekem-Lanaken
  • Size: 5.75 x 8.25 inches
  • ISBN: 0-9542079-5-5

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The Long Fa Tang Temple in southern Taiwan is both a sanctuary and a prison for 700 mental patients. The temple administers don’t use medications or treatments offered in other institutions. Instead, the Buddhist monks and nuns who oversee the patient population employ chains for "therapeutic" purposes.

A patient in stable condition is linked and locked to one who is considered less sound. Day in and day out, the more lucid one leads the two-person chain gang.

Patients typically arrive at the temple under duress. After exhausting conventional medical treatments, desperate family members see Long Fa Tang as the last resort for the incurable. Chien-Chi Chang’s work, shows the patients chained together and forced to work on a chicken farm, is brought together in this book of infinite humanity.

Signed by Chien-Chi Chang.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 112
  • Publisher: Trolley
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Printed 600 lines per inch in Belgium by Salto NV, Rekem-Lanaken
  • Size: 5.75 x 8.25 inches
  • ISBN: 0-9542079-5-5

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.