Yan Cong

Yan Cong (2020) is a visual storyteller based in Beijing, China. She splits her time working on long-term documentary projects and editorial assignments. She focuses her personal projects on topics such as women’s issues, social justice and China’s relations with its neighboring countries. Her work has appeared in international publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ChinaFile and Smithsonian Magazine. She was selected for the Abigail Cohen Fellowship co-founded by ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation in 2016, and was selected by World Press Photo’s 6×6 program in 2019. Yan co-writes a photo column, “Depth of Field,” introducing Chinese photographers’ photojournalism work to an international audience, with the intention to amplify local photographers’ voices and to foster an understanding about China through the lens of local photographers. Yan holds a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia Journalism School.

As a Logan Nonfiction fellow, Yan will work on “Chongli 2022,” an ongoing
photography project about the transition of Chongli after it was announced as
host to most of the skiing events for the 2022 Winter Olympics.