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PROFILES

Birdhead

Steampunks

By Michael Young

Portrait of Birdhead. Courtesy the artists.


There is something charmingly old-fashioned about Birdhead, the young Shanghai-based photographic duo of Ji Weiyu and Song Tao (born in 1980 and 1979, respectively), as exemplified by their approach to technology. Their sobriquet was coined by chance in 2004 when, as they struggled with a computer, it randomly generated the name. And they still don’t have a website. “Three times we have tried to make one,” they say, “and each time we have failed.” Although computers have now, of necessity, become part of…

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