Muyi Xiao is currently the Visuals Editor at ChinaFile, a online-publication under the Center on U.S-China Relations of Asia Society. She is working and living in NYC. In the summer of 2015, she was chosen as one of seven Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Fellows. As a fellow, she studied at an intensive five-week program at New York University. Right after the fellowship, she was admitted to the International Center for Photography’s (ICP) New Media Narrative program in New York City from which she graduated in summer 2016.
Born in Wuhan, Hubei province, before coming to New York Xiao was based in Beijing and worked as a photojournalist at Tencent, the largest online media outlet in China. Her career started in 2012 with a one-year internship at Reuters Beijing desk as an editor before becoming a photojournalist. She covered a wide range of stories throughout China during her time as a photojournalist, including the missing flight MH370, a cult religion called “Mighty God,” child marriages, and more. These dispatch assignments exposed her to a broad range of issues in her home country, inspiring her to pursue long-term stories as a documentary photographer. After she studied with ICP, she went back to China and continued her work as a freelance photographer for half a year until she started to work at ChinaFile in 2017 in New York City.
Her photography and multimedia works have been featured on international and domestic publications including but not limited to New York Times, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal, The Paper, and exhibited in China, U.S., Singapore, Cambodia.
Awards & Honors
PDN30, nominated, 2017
ICP/Magnum Foundation Scholarship, 2016
ICP Director’s Fellowship, 2016
Magnum Foundation Human Rights Production Lab, 2016
The 4th New York Times Portfolio Review, 2016
Royal Photographic Society (RPS) International Print Exhibition, shortlisted, 2015
Magnum Foundation/NYU Photography and Human Rights Fellowship, 2015
Exhibitions & Events
Talk 2 Muslims (video), Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2016
Teenage Marriage (slideshow), Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, 2016
Talk 2 Muslims (video and website), “What Works” Exhibition, Bronx Documentary Center, New York City, 2016
Forget Me Not (multimedia), “Women In Photography” Exhibition, Objectifs Art Center, Singapore, 2016
Celebrity Leaderboard (multimedia installation), curator, “Public, Private, Secret” Exhibition, The Museum of International Center of Photography, New York City, 2016
Forget Me Not (video installation), “Another Kind of Paradise” Exhibition, The School of International Center of Photography, New York City, 2016
Forget Me Not (multimedia), Open Show NYC, Bronx Documentary Center, New York City, 2016
Teenage Marriage (print), Dali International Photography Festival, Dali, Yunnan, China, 2015
Reporting Inside The Great Firewall: Photographers On Covering China Panel , Photoville, New York City, 2015
Magnum Foundation Donors Salon, East Hampton, New York, 2015
When You Are Old (light box), Beijing Subway, Beijing, 2015
《勿忘我》（多媒体）：参加展映“Open Show NYC”，布朗克斯纪实中心，纽约，2016