Originally from China, Shuran Huang (she/her) is a photographer who currently based in Washington, D.C. As an international resident and traveler, she often found herself surrounded by people from diverse backgrounds and facing an identity crisis. Her volunteer experiences from tutoring students from disadvantaged areas developed her passion for visual storytelling and building connections among different races and cultures. Shuran’s work focuses on memory, family, and heritage through moments of intimacy, reflecting on the missing connections in her childhood. Her most recognized body of work, Strands of Love, documents the history of a four-generation family-owned barbershop in Syracuse, New York, and the family’s connection and impact in the greater community. Shuran’s work has been featured on The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Netflix, Visura, PowerHouse Books, LG, and The Buffalo News.
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.
Previously, Shuran received a Grand Prize for 2018 Photo District News’ Faces Portrait Photography Contest, was selected as a winner for 2019 Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition and was shortlisted for 2019 Siena International Photo Awards. She was also the alumna of 2019 New York Portfolio Review and 2019 Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Program.
Shuran can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and entry-level Spanish.