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Thursday Night Photo Talk: Nelson Chan

May 14, 2020

May 14, 7PM EST
Please register here.
FREE – Donations are kindly accepted

Join us for Thursday Night Photo Talk with Nelson Chan: A Teacher, a Publisher, and a Studio, please register here.

Between teaching, photographing, and publishing books, Nelson Chan has what he would describe as an industrious studio practice. In this talk, he will share images from a few different bodies of work that connect to his explorations of immigrant experience. Along the way, he will also share parts of his process as a publisher and book nerd. 


Nelson Chan was born in New Jersey to immigrant parents from Hong Kong and Taiwan and has spent most of his life between the States and Hong Kong. Having grown up on two continents with unique cultures, this immigrant experience has influenced the majority of his work. 

Nelson is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his BFA and a graduate of the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, where he received his MFA. He has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; and 798 Space, Beijing, China. His books are collected in the institutional libraries of the Harry Ransom Center, The MET, The Whitney, and MoMA.

Book publishing is a primary focus of Nelson’s studio practice. He is a co-founder of TIS books, where they have published titles by Justine Kurland, Rose Marie Cromwell, and Raymond Meeks. From 2016-19 he was the Production Manager of Aperture Foundation, where he made monographs with artists such as Deana Lawson, Hank Willis Thomas, Stephen Shore and Sally Mann, among others. Most recently, Nelson said goodbye to the East Coast and moved to the Bay Area to take up an appointment as Assistant Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts. 

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