Ronnie Yang

Class of 2020

For my thesis work I am interested in capturing how places influence our experiences, inform our memories and even become part of our identity. My landscapes are my attempt to capture that connection between people and the places in which they live and call home. Place and identity seem inextricably linked to each other. This underlines my conviction that our habitats shape us as much as we impact our environment.

I am meticulous about how elemental volumes and lines operate in photographic space. I constantly strive for clarity, although my photographs are not always self-explained—many have a hidden meaning lingering just beneath the surface. I want my images to create narratives that are open to interpretation.

Having called New York City home for nearly twenty years, things that resonate with me include the often, overlooked beauty that surrounds our everyday lives. In this kind of wandering through urban spaces, there are always elements that make the description unusual and unexpected. The pictures become more like still-life arrangements. Almost reinforcing the idea that watching is something different from seeing.

Ronnie Yang is a New York-based artist working in photography. He works primarily with landscape and still life images. He received a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from New York University. After working in corporate business for nearly twenty years, Yang came to the International Center of Photography(ICP) in 2015 and earned a certificate in the school’s Advanced Track Program. He is currently enrolled in the ICP-Bard MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies. He has shown in group exhibitions at ICP and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.