The State of Visual Storytelling in China

Virtual event


July 12, 2022
10:00–11:15AM EDT

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Real estate brokers after work at the exit of Zhangjiang Road metro station, Shanghai, China, 2019. Photograph by Zhou Pinglang.

What is the state of contemporary visual storytelling and visual journalism in China?

In this event, we will be speaking with Yan Cong, Beimeng Fu, and Ye Charlotte Ming, publishers of “Far & Near” a Substack newsletter “highlighting visual storytelling from China, through Chinese eyes.” 

Yan, Beimeng, and Charlotte will present new work from Chinese image-makers and discuss the trends in Chinese visual storytelling and visual journalism to highlight the newsletter’s mission: making Chinese visual storytellers’ work accessible to a global audience and challenging media stereotypes of China. They will also speak about the role of visuals on social media when traditional media is heavily censored.

This event was recorded and you can watch the video here.

Yan Cong

Yan Cong is a researcher and visual storyteller based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She previously worked as a photojournalist and video producer in Beijing for six years. Her work has been published internationally such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Vice. Yan co-founded Far & Near, a Substack newsletter about nonfiction visual storytelling from China, and contributes to Chaoyang Trap, a newsletter on internet culture in China.

Beimeng Fu

Beimeng Fu is a video journalist based in Shanghai. She produces, shoots and edits short documentaries and feature explainers on news events, social and cultural issues as well as emerging trends and figures in China.

Ye Charlotte Ming

Ye Charlotte Ming is a freelance journalist and photo editor based in Berlin, Germany. Her work focuses on underreported and nuanced stories on the themes of culture, history, and identity. Her writing has been published in TIME, National Geographic, Atlas Obscura, World Press Photo Witness, the Art Newspaper, Sixth Tone, and other publications.
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