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