Documentary China

Presented by ChinaFile

Curated by David M. Barreda

Featuring: Yuyang Liu and Souvid Datta

For a second year, ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation have partnered to administer the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography. This year we are showcasing the work of Yuyang Liu and Souvid Datta.

The works look at migrant labor and environmental pollution, both of which pose serious challenges to China’s future and impact its relations with the rest of the world.

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Yuyang Liu‘s photography focuses on urbanization and immigration issues in a rapidly changing China. He was a selected as a fellow for the 2014 Magnum Foundation Human Rights & Photography and this year he won the Ian Parry scholarship. Born in Sichuan, China, he is now based in Guangzhou.


Souvid Datta was born in Mumbai and moved to London at the age of 10. Since then, he has been raised between the two metropolises, developing an interest in the fields of multimedia journalism and social justice.  He was a recipient of the College Photographer of the Year Portfolio Silver Prize in 2014 and the Alexia Foundation Student Grant in 2013. He graduated from University College London in Political Science and Conflict Studies in 2014.


ChinaFile is an online magazine published by Asia Society’s Center on U.S. China Relations. It seeks to foster a more informed, nuanced, and vibrant public conversation about China in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. The Magnum Photos membership created the Magnum Foundation to build on the agency’s longstanding tradition of photography in the public interest. The Foundation strives to use documentary imagery to advance human rights and social justice, and to promote a deeper understanding of critical issues.

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