Ronghui Chen


Ronghui Chen (b.1989) is a Chinese photographer and storyteller based in Shanghai, whose work focus on China’s urbanization in long term projects. He has devoted himself to the study the relationship between China’s urbanization and individual’s experiences. Known for his specific interest in these social issues, he had published his first collection of photographs named Chen Ronghui, which is one of the book among China’s Contemporary Photography Catalog. His projects have brought him many awards, including World Press Photo prize, Three Shadows Photography Award & AlPA special prize and Hou Dengke Documentary Photography Award. Outside of his own professional practice, Chen also acts as the head of the visual department in Sixth Tone, which is a Shanghai local English-language digital publication.
Professional Experience

Head of visual department, Sixth Tone, (January 2017 – present)

Chief Photojournalist, The Paper, (June 2015 – January 2017)

Photojournalist, Hangzhou Metropolitan Express , (July 2011 – May 2015)

Awards, Fellowship & Nominations

Juror’s Picks, LENS CULTURE EMERGING TALENTS 2018 (October 2018)

1st place, PDN storyteller (September 2018)

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

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

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

Nominee, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo (February 2017)

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

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

Winner, the Multimedia Project of the Year, Tencent News (March 2016)

Outstanding Participant, Magnum Photos Workshops in Shanghai (September 2015)
2nd Prize, Category of Contemporary Issue, 58th World Press Photo (February 2015)

Best Photography Journalist of 2013, China Photographers Association (April 2014)

Photograph and Arts Creation Foundation, Sina Photo (March 2014)

Exhibitions & Lectures

Exhibited Artist,OFF_festival Bratislava 2018, Slovak(coming soon)

Exhibited Artist, PHOTOFAIRS SHANGHAI 2018, China(September 2018)

Exhibited Artist, 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, OCAT, China (September 2018)
Exhibited Artist, 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, China (September 2018)

Exhibited Artist, “Documenting China, Stories of Change”, Photoville, New York (September 2018)

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

Exhibited Artist, Art Beijing, Beijing (May 2018)

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

Speaker at New Peak Project conference on photography, Zhejiang University, China (November 2017)

Exhibited Artist,
Lishui Photography Festival, Lishui, China (November 2017)

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

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

Exhibited Artist, 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Chongqing (May 2017)

Exhibited Artist, Contemporary Photography of Zhejiang at SIPA Gallery, Beijing (March 2017)

Exhibited Artist, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen(November 2016)

Exhibited Artist, Go East Project, UNDEF/NE, Shanghai (February 2016)
Speaker at Ray Art Center conference on The Lens Facing Reality, Shanghai (May 2016)

“All The Way North” solo exhibition, IG Art Gallery, Shanghai (January 2015)

Exhibited Artist, Taipei International Photography Festival, Taipei (November 2013)

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


Photography Museum of Lishui, China


Nanchang University, China (September 2007 – June 2011)

B.A. in Journalism, with distinction; Minor in Marketing Management

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