Yangkun Shi was born in Zhoukou, Henan province, China. He graduated from London College of Communication with a master degree in MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Before that, he studied in Anqing Normal University, majoring journalism. Now, he is working at the SixthTone as a photographer and video maker.

In 2017, he won the PDN Emerging Photographer competition, and won in the Fine Art Category of the PDNedu Student Photo Contest. In 2016, he won first prize in the UrbanPhotoFestOpen. 

He has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the UK: from the Reclaim Photography Festival, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, to UrbanPhotoFest, Tate Modern, London. He has been featured in the South China Morning Post ("Photographer misses his home – especially when he’s there") and in TIME ("Nine Chinese Photographers You Need to Follow"), and many more publications.


2017   PDN Emerging Photographer, Winner

2017   PDNedu Student Photo Contest, Fine Art Category, Winner

2016   The UrbanPhotoFest Open, 1st Prize


2017  PhotoPlus Expo 2017, Javits Convention Center, New York City, US

2017   Reclaim Photography Festival, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

2017   Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK

2016   UrbanPhotoFest, Tate Modern, London, UK

2016   Invisible Edge, Ugly Duck, London, UK

2016   Aotu Gallery, Beijing, China

2016   De classified, Well Gallery, London, UK


2017  South China Morning Post,  Photographer misses his home – especially when he’s there

2017   TIME, Nine Chinese Photographers You Need to Follow

2017   Feature Shoot, Photographer Captures Feeling of Homesickness in China 

2017   PDN Emerging photographer

2017   PDNedu Solastalgia