Yan Cong

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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"Chongli 2022" exhibited at Indian Photo Festival
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Oct 7, 2019
As part of World Press Photo's 6x6 exhibition at Indian Photo Festival, some photos from my on-going project "Chongli 2022" is exhibited between 19 September - 20 October 2019. Photos courtesy of Indian Photo Festival
6x6 exhibition, Indian Photo Festival | World Press Photo


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Logan Nonfiction Fellowship

By Yan Cong — I'm spending five weeks at Carey Institute to edit my long-term project "Chongli 2022" as a Logan Nonfiction fellow  till March..
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Story about food delivery in China on Washington Post A1

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Recent assignments for NYT and Washington Post

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China's Feminist Movement for RE:PUBLIC

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Assignments for Grazia France

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Assignment for Topic's "Father Figure" issue

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Recent Assignments for The Washington Post

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My photo from a Chinese Catholic village is on the front page of today's Washington Post

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Assignment for the Washington Post

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Assignment for Smithsonian Magazine November issue

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Exhibitions News

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Awards News

Projects featured by the photo blog "A Photo Editor"

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Ruom Hangout at Angkor Photo Festival

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Angkor Photo Festival

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Nominated for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass

By Yan Cong — I'm incredibly honored to announce that I have been nominated for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass !
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