Rian Dundon (b. 1980) is a photographer and editor living in Oakland, California. He is the author of Changsha (2012), Fan (2015), and the zine series Out Here (2014-2017). Rian studied photography at New York University (2003) and with the Social Documentation graduate program at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned an M.A. in 2012. He is a partner photographer with the Keystone Agency in Zürich.

Rian’s personal work has appeared in The New York Times, Out Magazine, Newsweek, Capricious, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is visiting faculty of documentary photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and previously served as photography editor of Timeline.com. Rian has worked as an editor and curator at Raw View Magazine and Catchlight.

As a visual artist using the camera for a personal interpretation of the social, Rian's practice is characterized by compositional dissonance and antinarrative representation, as well as concern for the contradictory, sometimes contentious relationship between image and subject.



(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.



(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(2010) Unpublished-Unknown.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.



(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



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

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.

New America Media / “The Portraits, and Politics of ‘Getting By’ in China.” Shurmann, Peter. May 5, 2012.