Stephanie H. Tung

Chinese Art


Stephanie H. Tung’s research focuses on the history of photography in China, and in particular, the intersections of the literary, photography, and art worlds of early-20th-century China. She is currently working on a dissertation that focuses on Republican Era photographic societies in Shanghai and Beijing, and examines the parallels between models of visual and linguistic translation.

Tung holds a B.A. in art history and literature from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was a Harvard-Yenching fellow at Peking University in 2006–2007. She also worked as a translator, international affairs officer, and junior curator for the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing for three years, where she organized exhibitions such as “Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983–1993” (2009) and “WATW: We Are the World” (2009). In spring 2014, she began dissertation fieldwork as a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Current Research

In addition to her dissertation, Stephanie is currently researching the history of Chinese photobooks for a forthcoming publication of the Aperture Foundation.

Selected Publications

“A Way of Seeing: Notes on Ai Weiwei’s New York Photographs,” catalogue essay and interviews with the artist, in Ai Weiwei: New York 1983–1993 (Three Shadows Press and Chambers Fine Art, 2010).

“The Northern Art Group,” U-Turn: 30 Years of Contemporary Art in China 2 (2008).

“Scar Art,” U-Turn: 30 Years of Contemporary Art in China 1 (2007).