20 9月 2019

Ronghui Chen

Yale MFA Photography 2021

Short Bio

Chen Ronghui is a Chinese photographer currently based in Shanghai and New Haven. His work focuses on different dimensions of China’s urbanization and industrialization. He has published two photobooks, Freezing Land, and Land of Ambitions, and exhibited both in China and internationally. He has won a number of awards including the World Press Photo; BarTur Photo Award; Three Shadows Photography Award & AlPA special prize and Hou Dengke Documentary Photography.

Awards &Nominations

Richard Benson Prize, Yale University  (May 2021)

2020 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist: First PhotoBook, Aperture foundation & Paris Photo (Dec.2020)

Winner,BarTur Photo Award 2020(May 2020)

2019-2020 Sanyu Scholarship, Yale University. (Oct.2019)


Nominee, C/O Berlin TALENT AWARD (Feburary 2019)

Finalists, The Emerging Photographer Fund, Burn Magazine 2018 (December 2018)

Winner,Photography, China National Art Funds (December 2018)

Juror’s Picks, Lensculture Emerging Talents 2018 (October 2018)

1st place, PDN storyteller (September 2018)

Winner, 10th Three Shadows Photography Award & ALPA prize (March 2018)

Nominee, Foam Paul Huf Award, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (March 2018)

Winner, 6th Hou Dengke Documentary Photography Award (November 2017)

Best Photography of the Year, China Photography Museum (November 2016) 

2nd Prize, Category of Contemporary Issue, 58th World Press Photo (February 2015)



Personal: A New Form of Documentary Photography, Shanghai Photography of Center (April 2023)


Solo exhibition, An Ordinary Evening in New Haven, +3 Gallery  Beijing(October 2022)

Solo exhibition, In Praise of Shadows, UP Gallery( July 2022)


SORRY, WE MISSED YOU, Yale 2021 Photography MFA thesis exhibition, Green Hall Gallery (May 2021)

Resonance—A Tribute to Robert Frank, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (March 2021)

Solo exhibition, Land of Ambition, +3 Gallery  Xiamen( January 2021)


Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source: Photographers Gazing at the River in China, Jumièges Abbey  (November 2020)

Solo exhibition, Land of Ambition, +3 Gallery  Beijing (September 2020)

China Imaged, Breda Photo 2020 (September 2020)

Runaway World, Gaotai Gallery (June 2020)

Solo exhibition, Freezing Land, UP Gallery (May 2020)

Being of Evils, Hive, Beijing (April 2020)

ABOUT US. Young Photography from China, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich  (March 2020)


 Photo fairs Shanghai, UP Gallery (September 2019)

 Photo fairs Shanghai, +3 Gallery (September 2019)

 Human Space, 6th Tianjin International Design Week, (May 2019)

 Photo London, UP Gallery(May 2019)

Format Festival, UK (March 2019)

 Contemporary Chinese Photography, Angkor Photo Festival (January 2019)

 FIELD MEETING, Asia Contemporary Art Week, Dubai (January 2019)


Social Geography Ten journeys with a camera, SCôP, China( December 2018)

OFF_festival Bratislava 2018, Slovak(November 2018)

PHOTOFAIRS SHANGHAI 2018, Modern Art Space (September 2018)

40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, OCAT (September 2018)

 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, China (September 2018)

 Documenting China, Stories of Change, Photoville, New York (September 2018)


Solo exhibition, Freezing Land, Photography Museum of Lishui, China (May 2018)

 Art Beijing, Beijing (May 2018)

Solo exhibition, Freezing Land, Modern Art Base, Shanghai (April 2018)


Lishui Photography Festival, China (November 2017)

China Through Chinese Eyes, Photoville, New York (September 2017)

Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France (September 2017)

2nd Changjiang International Photography Biennial, Chongqing (May 2017)

 Contemporary Photography of Zhejiang, Cipa Gallery, Beijing (March 2017)


Jimei & Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen(November 2016)

 Go East Project, UNDEF/NE, Shanghai (February 2016)

Solo exhibition, All The Way North, IG Art Gallery, Shanghai (January 2015)

Taipei International Photography Festival, Taipei (November 2013)

Dali International Photography Festival, Dali, China (May 2013)



Chen Ronghui’s Photographs Depict Home As Both Confining And Comforting,Art in America (June 15,2020)

Ronghui Chen photographs the young people of China’s forgotten “Freezing Lands”,IT’S NICE THAT(Nov.2019)

The photographers capturing the nuances of Chinese youth culture, DAZED (Nov.2019)

Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans, NYT Magazine(Sep. 2019)

The view from China-in picture, The Guardian (September 2019)

5 Photographers Capturing Chinese Youth Culture Today, Artsy ( August 2019)

China’s shrinking cities: ‘Most of my classmates have left,’ FT magazine (April 2019)

Shrinking Cities in China, Springer (April 2019)

Young People Left Behind in China’s Snowbound Rust Belt, The New York Times (Feburary 2019)

Forever/Now, British Journal of Photography (Feburary 2019) 

Freezing Land, Lensculture (Feburary 2019)

The young and lonely hearts of China’s shrinking cities, National Geographical ( January 2019)

Photos: China’s surreal, larger-than-life amusement parks, QUARTZ(May 2018)

Nine Chinese Photographers You Need to Follow, Time Magazine (April 2017)