Yan Wang Preston (British-Chinese, b. 1976) was originally trained in Clinical Medicine at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Since moving to the UK in 2005, she has earned a MA in Visual Arts from Leeds Beckett University and a Ph.D. in Photography from the University of Plymouth. She is now based in West Yorkshire, UK, and is a senior lecturer of Photography at the University of Huddersfield. With a long-term interest in landscape, identity, and the environment, Preston has completed ambitious projects such as Mother River and Forest. Both are published by Hatje Cantz in 2018. Preston’s work has won major awards such as the 1st Prize, Professional Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards (2019), and the 1st Prize, Professional Commission, Syngenta Photography Prize (2017). Her work has been shown in solo and group shows worldwide, at venues such as the 56th Venice Biennale, Gallery of Photography Ireland, Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, and Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas.
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