Left Bank

Before the internet democratised information for the masses, there was a more manageable pool of universal “truths” filtering from the top. Fuck the system, we said – we want more truths. We want to dictate our own truths.

Decades elapsed and we got more access to truths than one mind could ever fathom.

But, you know – it’s easier to stay in my lane.

To Mom With Love

Directing Yara Shahidi and her mother, Keri, made for one of the most intellectually stimulating shoot days I’ve had to date.

Camden Calling

There’s a thrill in spontaneous location shooting that triggers the same stage adrenaline as any performance art – particularly when your environment is completely unfamiliar, and as dynamic as Camden.

Kids these days

From all of my recent onstage rants in support of youth (thanks to the blindly trusting adults who allowed me to do so). Join the revolution.

Youth have somehow always ended up on the right side of history – if only in retrospect. Time and time again, fresh eyes and fearless minds discredit the cynical institution’s blind antagonism of change. Idealistic? Of course. Impractical? Perhaps. But never impracticable. The expansion of that Judy Blume young adult chapter between childhood and adulthood prompted the emergence of a distinctive youth culture via radical student movements of the 50s and 60s – too opinionated to succumb to authority, yet footloose to adult responsibility and certainly defiant to the mandates of parents, universities, governments, The System. Paradigm shift after shift, youth at their best have continued to perceive and drive conversation around fundamental injustices to visible minority groups. At the very least, they have defined monumental leaps in style, art, film and music. No mean feat. Yet, each generation eventually grows into a prescribed mentality of what capitalism calls “success” an...

Natural Design

There are some processes that are so beyond the average imagination, that seeing the before, after and ingredients in between is only more inspiring.

About

Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, stylist and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four consecutive years. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim.

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