Yu Yang first picked up a camera at 15 documenting his teenage life and the pace of change in his home province of Sichuan. First self taught, he won the Magnum Fellowship in 2014 and went on to study photography in NYC. His patience, sincerity and unique eye has brought attention to varies themes around the world including daily life in North Korea, fisherman in Senegal, LGBT weddings in the sea of Japan, Uygur teen football and the massive urbanisation of China. He has been awarded the Eugene Smith Grant in 2020, named by Time magazine as one of the Nine Chinese Photographers You Need to Follow and won emerging photographer of PDN 30 in 2017. His work has been published in Time magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal along with many more and exhibited in galleries in Paris, New York, London and China.
His commercial work includes campaigns for the likes of Apple, Nike, Airbnb, Harbin Beer and has shot celebrities including Zhong Chu Xi, Li Wen Han, Li Meng, Zhao Rui, Zhou Yu Tong.