EMAIL: rian.dundon[at]gmail.com




Rian Dundon (b. 1980) is a photographer and editor in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of two books, Changsha (2012) and Fan (2015). Rian has worked as an editor at Timeline and Catchlight, taught documentary photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, and written for Time, Gen Magazine, and New America Media. He is a contributing editor at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and a partner photographer with the Keystone-SDA picture agency in Zürich.




Solo + two person shows

(2018) Generations. Burnt Oak Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

(2017) New Life. Burnt Oak Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

(2014) Fan. Schwarzer Montag at Westflügel, Zürich, Switzerland.

(2014) Trust. Loakal Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

(2012) Changsha. Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, Calif.

(2009) OK China. Camera Club of New York, New York.

(2008) Chinese Youth. Gulf and Western Gallery, New York University, NYC.


Group shows

(2019) New Works from the DPI Faculty and Alumni. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

(2015) Status Update. Catchlight at SOMArts, San Francisco, Calif.

(2015) City At Large II. Adolph Gasser Photography, San Francisco, Calif.

(2014) Guerrilla Slideshow (projection). Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France.

(2011) Photo Stories. Saatchi and Saatchi, London.

(2011) Capricious: Being Fashion. Arnhem Mode Biennale, Netherlands.

(2010) Unpublished-Unknown. Fotografia Festival, Rome.

(2010) Chinese Film Sets. Caochangdi Photo Spring, Beijing.

(2010) Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition. Getty Images Gallery, London.

(2008) Tierney Fellowship Group Show. New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn.

(2007) Transformations: Photography and Imaging at 25. New York University.

(2007) Chinese Youth (projection). Angkor Photography Festival, Siem Reap.

(2006) Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers 2006. Magenta Foundation, Toronto.



Changsha (2nd edition). 2017. Shenzhen: Modes Vu.

Out Here Vol. II. 2016. Oakland: Self-Published.

Fan. 2015. Shenzhen: Modes Vu.

Status Update (exhibition catalog). 2015. Berkeley: Catchlight.

Out Here Vol. I. 2014. Oakland: Self-Published.

The Tierney Fellowship: 2004-2014 (catalog). 2014. New York: The Tierney Family Foundation.

Photographs Not Taken (by Will Steacy). 2012. New York: Daylight Books.

Changsha. 2012. Dublin: Emphas.is.

Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers 2006 (catalog). 2006. Toronto: Magenta Foundation.


Fellowships + awards

(2017) Economic Hardship Reporting Project / Production grant

(2015) Economic Hardship Reporting Project / Production grant

(2015) Silicon Valley Community Foundation + New America Media / Informed Communities Education Reporting Fellowship

(2012) University of California / Porter Graduate Arts Research Committee Grant

(2011) University of California Santa Cruz / Humanities Division Research Fellowship

(2011) The Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation / Investment in Community Fellowship

(2010) University of California / UC Regents’ Fellowship

(2007) The Tierney Family Foundation / Tierney Fellowship

(2006) Magenta Foundation / Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers


Reviews + articles

The Los Angeles Review of Books / “Second-Tier China.” Hershatter, Gail. Jan. 25, 2020.

Mother Jones / “Blood on the Sidewalk: A Look at the Political Clashes of the Trump Era.” Quart, Alissa. Oct. 25, 2019.

The New York Times / “How Fatherhood Alters Your View of the World.” Gonzalez, David. Feb. 20, 2019.

Hyperallergic / “Photos Capture the Rise of a Carefully Crafted Chinese Celebrity. Voon, Claire. Mar. 23, 2016.

New America Media / “Silicon Valley Ground Zero for Common Core.” Schurmann, Peter. Aug. 3, 2015.

The New York Times / “Visualizing The Common Core Curriculum.” Silverman, Rena. Aug. 3, 2015.

Time / “A Photographer’s Homecoming in Oakland. Dundon, Rian. Jan. 11, 2015.

Boom: A Journal of California / “We Out Here. Christensen, Jon. Jul. 3, 2014.

The International Herald Tribune / “Avoiding a ‘Prescribed Version’ of China. McDonald, Mark. May 8, 2012.


Work experience

(2019-2020) Contributing editor, EHRP

(2016-2018) Photography editor, Timeline

(2015-2016) Editor + curator, Catchlight

(2014-2016) Sub editor, Raw View Magazine



M.A. Social Documentation, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012

B.F.A. Photography + Imaging, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York, 2003