Shuran Huang 黃舒然 (she/her) is a Cantonese photographer based in Washington, D.C. Through seeing intimate moments, her work focuses on politics, immigration, human rights, diaspora experiences, and interactions in between.
Shuran speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Spanish. Born in a small Hakka village, Rénhuá (仁化), in China, Shuran's journey as an immigrant began when her father embarked on a career as an epidemiologist in other developing countries. Despite many hurdles, her parents’ mission to uplift communities in crisis never wavered. They formed a sort of two-person medical and community outreach team: her epidemiologist father provided medical care in communities suffering from disease outbreaks; her translator mother empowered communities by building education programs. Their selfless commitment helped Shuran realize the power of giving back to communities in need. Their passion drove Shuran to discover her tool for serving numerous communities: visual storytelling.
Shuran earned her master’s degree in photography from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University. Shuran is an adjunct professor and academic mentor at Sacred Heart University's School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.
Shuran received multiple awards, including American Photography 38, Society For News Design's 44th Annual Creative Competition, 2019 PDN’s Faces Portrait Photography Contest, 2019 Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition, etc. She is also an alumna of the 2022 Eddie Adams Workshop XXXV, 2022 IWMF's Gwen Ifill Fellowship, 2019 New York Portfolio Review, and 2019 Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Program.
Editorial Clients TIME Magazine The New York Times The Washington Post The Wall Street Journal The Washington Post Magazine The Guardian / The Observer U.S. News & World Report San Francisco Chronicle National Public Radio National Geographic New York Magazine The Texas Tribune Thomson Reuters Bloomberg News People Magazine The New Yorker 5280 Magazine The Economist Inc. Magazine Vogue Arabia Bon Appétit The Atlantic ProPublica CBS News NBC News Chalkbeat POLITICO EdSurge AARP The New Statesman (UK) Monocle Magazine (UK)
Artist Talk & Teaching 2023 Coach - The Alexia Fall Workshop at Syracuse University Guest Speaker - Asian American Journalist Association National Convention Guest Speaker - Rochester Institute of Technology Guest Speaker - George Washington University Guest Speaker - NPPA Northern Short Course 2022 Interview - The Economist Guest Speaker - Women Photojournalists of Washington Guest Speaker - International Women Media Foundation Guest Speaker - Brown University China Summit Guest Speaker - MUSEA Gathering Guest Speaker - Bronx Documentary Center Guest Speaker - Sacred Heart University Guest Speaker - Wellesley College
Membership White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) Women Photograph Authority Collective Diversify Photo