I-Jong Juan may well be considered one of the most renowned photographers in Taiwan and in China. Born in Yilan county in 1950, Juan spent most of his early childhood years reading and painting. He was formerly an editor and designer of magazine covers before becoming a full-time photographer for ECHO magazine in 1972. During his 40-plus year career span, he has published over 10 special editions of photographic works. His images were displayed around the world, among them Musée d’art Moderne National of Paris, France’s Le château d’eau in Toulouse, Victoria and Albert Museum of London, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Shanghai Art Museum, and Guangdong Museum of Art.
From 1988 until 2014, Juan held a teaching position at the Taipei National University of the Arts. His academic contributions also included an adjunct professor position at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China since 2005.
Juan is widely credited as a key figure in introducing Western photography to China, and connecting Chinese photography to the West. In 2013, he was presented with the first annual Global Chinese Photography Media Award in the “Award for Special Contribution to Photography & Culture” category. In 2016, Juan is setting up his own personal endowment fund for up-and-coming Chinese photographers to capture the essence of Asian creativity.