Yan Cong

Photographer
  
Navigating Elopement
Location: Beijing
Nationality: China
Biography: Yan Cong (b.1991) is an independent photographer based in Beijing, where she was born and raised. She focuses most of her long-term projects on women’s issues, rural China, and China’s relations with its neighbors.  In 2015, Yan was... read on
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Navigating Elopement
Credits: yan cong
Updated: 07/20/14

For Children with autism, "elopement" refers to the behavior of wandering off from a safe environment. A recent study found that almost half of the children with autism are runners. In the wake of the missing autistic child Avonte Oquendo’s tragic death in New York City, runners’ safety at home and at school becomes an alarming issue.

The Maisons, the family I photographed for this body of work, have two autistic boys, who are both runners. In the past 14 years while raising the brothers, Brandon and Brian, Mr. and Mrs. Maison have experienced four serious wandering incidents, where either boy was missing to the point that caused great concerns at home or at school. With patience, responsibility and love, the parents and the teachers do their best to help the boys navigate autism safe and sound.

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The Price of Happiness [Multimedia]

By Yan Cong / china — When Buntha left Cambodia to marry a Chinese man, she did so for money, not for love. Thirty-two years old..
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Hotel Quarantine through a Peephole

By Yan Cong / Beijing — I made this project while under a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel in Beijing, after I had traveled..
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The People behind Automation

By Yan Cong — From iPhone’s Face ID to Deep Fake, AI technologies are so closely connected with imagery, yet too..
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The Real Man Club

By Yan Cong / Beijing — Tang Haiyan founded the Real Man Training Club to combat what he and others in China see as a masculinity..
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The Hanfu Revival

By Yan Cong / Beijing — Hanfu, a retro-style dress that the Han majority wore before Qing Dynasty (1644). In the past few years,..
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Singles

By Yan Cong / China — A series of single images
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A Cambodian Bride in China

By Yan Cong / zhengzhou — Three years ago, when Sophorn arrived in China, not knowing the country, the language or the culture, she..
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If China Builds It, Will the Arab World Come?

By Yan Cong / Yinchuan, Ningxia, China — An assignment for a news analysis on ChinaFile on the development of cultural tourism in Ningxia, the only..
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The Military Parade

By Yan Cong / Beijing, China — For the first time in 70 years, China decided to celebrate the victory of WWII with a military parade...
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Underground

By Yan Cong — Feb 2014
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Sunset Park Dreaming (Ongoing)

By Yan Cong / Sunset Park, Brooklyn — Work in progress: Aug 2014 – Now A Puerto Rican American family's life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn,..
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"Lite Feet" on the train

By Yan Cong — "Lite Feet" is a genre of dance originated in Harlem. A group of 15 Lite Feet dancers, mainly black young..
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