中学時代、兄からAires Automat 120機を借り、写真に興味を覚える。高校時代、写真部に入り Chen Shang-Hsi氏の指導のもと、様々な写真を撮るようになる。台湾国立大学で土木工学を専攻するが、学問のかわりに文学と芸術に夢中になり、東洋、西洋のシュールレアリズムとモダニズムから大きな影響を受け、コンセプチュアルかつモダンな写真に取り組むようになる。世界各地での個展、受賞歴多数。2013年にTaipei Fine Art Museumで個展『Time: The Images of Chang Chao-Tang, 1959-2013』が開催されるなど、台湾を代表する最も重要な写真家の一人である。
1943 Born November 17 in Panchiao City, Taipei County, Taiwan
1957 As a student at Junior High School, he borrows an Aires Automat camera 120 from his brother, and develops an interest in photography.
1958 When studying at Senior High School, he joins the school photography club under the guidance of Chen Shang-Hsi, starts photographing in a wide variety of settings.
1961 Studies in the National Taiwan University Department of Civil Engineering. Instead of attending to his studies, he devotes himself to literature and art, becomes infatuated with surrealism and modernism, both Asian and Western. Begins to engage in conceptual and modernist photography.
1965 Takes part in the joint exhibition “ 2 – Men Contemporary Photography,” with his mentor Cheng Shang-Hsi. His forms and content are innovative and original, inciting controversy and attention.
1968 Works as a photojournalist for the China Television (CTV) news department in Taipei; joins the production team of News Digest , creating a new style of news feature combining local Taiwanese settings, folk customs and Western music.
1974 Holds the photo exhibition “The FarTewell,”
1980 Wins Golden Bell Award for TV cinematographer and editor of the year for “The Boat-Burning Festival,”; and Golden Horse Award for best documentary
cinematographer for “An Old House – Chinese Traditional Architecture.”
1983 Solo exhibition “Human Grace and Forgiveness,” Taipei and San Francisco
1986 Solo exhibition “Trip– Reverse,” Taipei and Tokyo
1991 “Seeing-Perspectives of Nine Photographers,” Taipei
1993 “20 Years of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre,” Taipei
“50 Years of Tamsui River Views,” Taipei and Paris
1994 “Contemporary Photography from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” Hong Kong
1996 Solo exhibition “Summer of 1962,” Taipei
“Asian View: Asia in Transition,” Tokyo
1997 “Image of Hakka,” Taipei
“Women in Taipei 1940s-1990s,” Taipei
Starts teaching at the Graduate Institute of Studies in Documentary and Film Archiving at Tainan National University of the Arts.
1999 Receives the Third National Award for Arts of Taiwan in the category of fine art.
“Working Hard in Taipei,” Taipei
"Global Conceptualalism : Point of Origin, 1950s-1980s “, New York
2000 “The Homeland: After the 921 Earthquake,” Taipei
2002 “V-10 / 30 Years After,” Taipei
2006 “Retrospective: Taiwan Photography,” Beijing and Shanghai
“A Legend of Rose Marie Gallery 1953-1973,” Taipei
2007 “Guangzhou Photo Biennial,” Guangdong and Shanghai
2008 “The Hidden 4: Daegu Photo Biennale,” Korea
2009 Solo exhibition “Within, Without,”Epson Art Gallery, Taipei
Solo exhibition “Years In, Years Out,” Place Gallery, Tokyo
Solo exhibition “Chang Chao Tang:A Black-and-White Flight in Kairos,” Gallery Now, Seoul
2010 Solo exhibition “Moments in Time 1959-2005,” National Central University, Chungli City; Providence University, Taichung; National Cheng Kung University, Tainan;The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung; Pine-garden Gallery, Hualien; Luo Dong Library, Yilan; National Chengchi University, Taipei
Solo exhibition “The Invisible Contact 1959-1961,”Tivac Gallery, Taipei
Solo exhibition “Images - Journey beyond,”Leica Gallery, Taipei
2011 Receives the 30th National Cultural Award, ROC.
Solo exhibition “Outside the Lens,” Gity Mayer Salon , Taipei
Solo exhibition“Sightlines,” Instituto Cultural de Mexico, San Antonio, Texas
Solo exhibition “Introspectives: Photographs of Taiwan 1960-2005,”City of San Antonio International Center, Texas.
2012 Solo exhibition “Introspectives: Photographs of Taiwan 1960-2005,” Taiwan Academy in N.Y.
2013 Solo exhibition “Time: The Images of Chang Chao-Tang, 1959-2013,” Taipei Fine Art Museum
1977 Books of Days (1977 / 78 /79 / 80)
1988 In search of Photorealism Photography 40s-60s（1）（2）
1989 Aspect & Vision – Taiwan Photographers (1) Six Volumes
1991 Seeing – Perspectives of Nine Taiwaness Photographers,
1993 View on the Tamsui River in 50 Years
Image of Cloud Gate Dance Group in 20 Years
1996 Aspect & Vision – Taiwan Photographers (2) Seven Volumes
1997 Women in Taipei 1940s-1990s
Image of Hakka
1998 Taipei – Pass away, Taipei
1999 Warking Hard in Taipei, Taipei
2000 Faces of Taiwan – Liu Chen-Hsiang
The Homeland – After the 921 Earthquake, Taipei.
2001 Dancing in the Wind, Shinchu
2002 Nostalgia & Memory – Dan Nankwan
2006 Life in a Dog’s Eyes – Ye Chienfan
2007 Voice Inside – Tseng Miin-Shyong
2008 Chang Chaotang ( Korean Edition)
Homeland – Li Nan
2010 Moments in Time 1959-2005
The Invisible Contact 1959-1961
2011 Ten Eyes on Stage
2012 Stage: Shen Chao-Liang
To gaze and to look beyond – Eyes of Formosa
Taiwan Facebook – A Mindful Living
2013 Time : The Images of Chang Chao - Tang ,1959-2113