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.
Besides English, She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and 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 proud member of the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA), Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), Diversify Photo, and Authority Collective.
She received multiple awards, including American Photography 28, Photo District News’ Faces Portrait Photography Contest, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition, etc. She is also an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop, New York Portfolio Review, IWMFs Gwen Ifill Fellowship, and Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Program.
Editorial Clients The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, NBC News, National Geographic, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, The Atlantic, Bloomberg News, ProPublica, U.S. News & World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, The Texas Tribune, etc.
Guest Speaking Bronx Documentary Center, NPPA Northern Short Course, Asian American Journalist Association, Women Photojournalists of Washington, International Women Media Foundation, Brown University, George Washington University, Wellesley College, Sacred Heart University
Membership White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA), Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), Diversify Photo