Exhibitions and Engagement
Hotel Quarantine through a Peephole
The Price of Happiness
The Price of Happiness [stills]
The Price of Happiness [Multimedia]
Producing / Research
The People behind Automation
The Hanfu Revival
The Real Man Club
A Rural Chinese Catholic Village
If China Builds It, Will the Arab World Come?
A Cambodian Bride in Small-Town China
Navigating Elopement [Multimedia]
Quarantine Story published in Washington Post
My partner and I returned to Beijing from New York in late March and did a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a hotel in Beijing. The experience was surreal. We were put into separate room, and it was a long-distance relationship across a hallway. Room and bored: One couple’s 14-day quarantine in a Beijing hotel They returned from overseas and were confined to separate hotel rooms for...
May 30, 2020
Story about food delivery in China on Washington Post A1
Read the interactive feature with video from Beimeng Fu, Megumi Li, text from Gerry Shih, here: For China’s delivery drivers, it's big risks and bigger pressures to keep the nation fed It’s the gig economy set to the tempo of an unforgiving algorithm — with crashes, sprains and even death on the road.
Dec 1, 2019
Recent assignments for NYT and Washington Post
I got a rare chance to photograph actress Fan Bingbing, who disappeared for four months last year in a tax scandal: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/02/world/asia/fan-bingbing-comeback-scandal.html The Forbidden City has opened 50% to the public in the past few years. I spent a day in the former royal compound to illustrate this story:...
Aug 2, 2019
China's Feminist Movement for RE:PUBLIC
I did a story about China's feminist movement with writer Amy Hawkins for the Swedish magazine RE:PUBLIC. FEMINISTERNA SOM VÄLJER STRID FRAMFÖR TEBJUDNING Kinas regering har trakasserat, förföljt och låst in landets feminister på mentalsjukhus. Men aktivisterna fortsätter att mötas i hemliga lokaler och...
Nov 26, 2018
Assignments for Grazia France
Back in March, I did two assignments for magazine Grazia France on the feminist movement in China and live streaming industry in China. Here's the tearsheet from the printed magazine.
Nov 26, 2018
Assignment for Topic's "Father Figure" issue
My photo story about China's "Xi Dada" is in Topic's "Father Figure" issue Daddy Dearest MaoâÂ€Â™s face is still everywhere in modern China. But now Xi Jinping is ready for his close-up.
Jun 18, 2018
Recent Assignments for The Washington Post
I photographed a few stories for The Washington Post lately. If you haven't read the extremely moving story of Grandpa Han, I recommend you read this bitter-sweet story written by Emily Rauhala. He was one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. So he put himself up for adoption. An entire generation in China is aging without enough support....
Jun 5, 2018
My photo from a Chinese Catholic village is on the front page of today's Washington Post
I'm super excited to know that the story made it to the front page. Check out the story and more photos in the link below. A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the VaticanÂ Â Would compromise unite the Church, or put the faithful in Beijing's crosshairs?
Mar 12, 2018
Assignment for the Washington Post
Before the ivory ban went into full effect in China, I photographed in a ivory carving workshop on assignment for the washington post. Read the article here .
Feb 22, 2018
Assignment for Smithsonian Magazine November issue
I illustrated this story about the new bird flu virus H7N9 for the latest issue of Smithsonian Magazine.Â Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic? Hundreds there have already died of a new bird flu, putting world health authorities on high alert
Nov 1, 2017
Project "The Price of Happiness" exhibited at DOK17 in Norway
My long-term project, "The Price of Happiness," about the life of Buntha, a Cambodian woman who was trafficked to China as a bride, was exhibited at DOK17, a documentary photography festival in Fredrikstad, Norway this month. The project was partially supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation student grant.
Jun 26, 2017
Projects featured by the photo blog "A Photo Editor"
I met Jonathan Blaustein at the NYT Portolio Review in April. He mentioned my projects in his blog post " The Best Work I Saw at the NYT Portfolio Review " on A Photo Editor this week. See my multimedia piece about the trafficking of Cambodian brides in China here . Take a sneak peek at my ongoing project about Chongli and 2022 Winter Olympic Games here .
May 28, 2017
New episode on Multimedia Week podcast
I recently produced a podcast for Multimedia Week. I sat down with Vietnamese photographer Dat Vu and Cambodia-based Italian photographer Thomas Cristofoletti and chatted about photo and journalism collectives. Listen here , and please share and subscribe if you enjoy the episode!
Dec 28, 2016
Ruom Hangout at Angkor Photo Festival
I had the opportunity to speak about my on-going project on Cambodian brides trafficked to China to a very engaged group of audience during Ruom Hangout, an afternoon event at Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Although the project is mainly shot in China, I have always felt the importance to bring this work to Cambodia to raise awareness of and to prevent bride trafficking. Photos...
Dec 28, 2016
Angkor Photo Festival
My on-going project about Cambodian brides trafficked to China was shown at Angkor Photo Festival night projection on December 4, 2016. (photos by Gareth Bright)
Dec 28, 2016
Nominated for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass
I'm incredibly honored to announce that I have been nominated for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass !
Mar 22, 2016
Photo featured in South Korean Magazine
I was extremely privleged to have been one of the 27 participants of the professional workshop of Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia in December 2015. One of the photos I produced during the workshop is featured in "Hankyoreh21," a weekly in South Korea. Link here .
Jan 9, 2016
@eyesonchinaproject on BBC News!
As a contributor to the Instagram feed @eyesonchinaproject , I had the pleasure to speak about this project and what social media platforms have brought about for photographers in China. Read the article and watch the video here: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-34485463?SThisFB (Photo: Kids in the bus after school, in Changying, the outskirt of Beijing. My latest post...
Oct 12, 2015
Yan Cong is an independent photographer based in Beijing. She focuses most of her long-term projects on womenâ€™s issues, rural China, and Chinaâ€™s relations with its neighbors.
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