Liu Yuyang 刘禹扬 is a freelance photographer who was born in Sichuan province in 1991. He taught himself photography starting at the age of 16. He holds a B.A. in History from East China Normal University and bases himself in Shanghai and Chengdu. His work has been published at TIME, The New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, ChinaFile, Science, Lancet, South China Morning Post, and at other publications. He also collaborates with NGOs such as UNICEF, Greenpeace, and Save the Children. His commercial clients includes Apple, Airbnb, Xiaomi and JD, etc.
Since 2015, Liu has been traveling to the far-western region of Xinjiang and other parts of China for his ongoing project, The Newer New Frontier, exploring how the Chinese government is attempting to smooth social tensions in the restive region, which has been marked with separatist violence and surveillance for the past decade, through economic development including via investment, construction, and labor initiatives. Liu’s work looks at the impact that these projects are having on the local Uighur population.