Shuran Huang 黃舒然 (she/her) is a Cantonese photographer based in Washington, D.C. Through moments of intimacy, her work focuses on politics, immigration, human rights, diaspora experiences, and interactions in between.
She speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and some Spanish.
Born in a small Hakka village, Rénhuá in China, Shuran is the daughter of a translator mother and an epidemiologist father. Over the years, she watched her father save lives from pandemics in countries that couldn’t provide medical care and her mother commit herself to connecting cultures through languages. Their community service helped Shuran understand the meaning of commitment, developing in her a passion for humanity and unity. Shuran has lived in mostly diverse yet disadvantaged communities in eight countries. She often confronted the reality of assimilating and adapting to new communities, developing in her a dedication to elevating and empowering communities through visual storytelling.
Shuran earned her master’s degree in photography from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She studied and graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international journalism.
Shuran also serves as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, providing graduate students hands-on training on Adobe programs and teaching multimedia technologies for effective communication.
Shuran is a recipient of the 2022 IWMFs Gwen Ifill Fellowship and was selected as one of the 24 mentees around the globe for the 2021 Women Photograph Mentorship Class. She received multiple awards, including American Photography 38, Photo District News’ Faces Portrait Photography Contest, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition, etc. She was also the alumna of the 2019 New York Portfolio Review and the 2019 Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Program.
Editorial Clients The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, The Atlantic, Bloomberg News, San Francisco Chronicle, The Texas Tribune, 5280 Magazine, etc.
Guest Speaking Bronx Documentary Center, Asian American Journalist Association, Women Photojournalists of Washington, International Women Media Foundation, Brown University, Wellesley College, Sacred Heart University
Membership National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA), Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), Diversify Photo