Mengwen Cao

photo by Mary Kang

Mengwen Cao is a Chinese-born, New York-based photographer, multimedia artist, and cultural organizer. As a queer immigrant, they use care and tenderness to explore the spaces between race, gender, and cultural identity. As a board member of Authority Collective and a founding member of Chinese Storytellers, Cao is championing diverse narratives and perspectives in the media industry.

Their projects have been featured in publications like The New York Times, NPR, and Neocha. They have participated in exhibitions including Photoville, Jimei Arles, and Lianzhou Foto Festival. They were selected as one of the six global talents in Asia by World Press Photo's 6x6 program in 2020 and received NLGJA’s Excellence in Photojournalism Award in 2019. They were recognized by The Lit List in 2018 and PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2019.

Mengwen’s Classes

  • Mengwen teaches "Multimedia Love Letter" for StrudelmediaLive.
Meng’s workshop was beautiful, thank you.
—Sam (Mexico City)