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Yolanda Y. Liou
(b. 1990, Taiwan) is a photographer and moving image maker based in London and Brighton, working with analogue film, digital and collage.
Her work focuses on connection and to offer a broader spectrum of representation and empower people to embrace their uniqueness.

Yolanda’s work has been published in Vogue, Nowness, Dazed, i-D, Creative Review amongst others. In 2020 she was awarded third prize in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. She has exhibited her photography in Shanghai, LA and the National Portrait Gallery, UK and has had film screenings internationally.
In 2023, Yolanda shot the high profile ‘Body Stories’ campaign for ITV’s Loose Women, celebrating body diversity and the importance of representation.

‘Her work seeks to create a safe space for women of different body types in a world that seeks to punish them. By flipping the narrative, the photographer artfully and courageously shows that in a culture that engenders self-loathing on the path to ‘perfection’ – nothing tastes as good as radical self-acceptance.’  - i-D

Yolanda’s second book ‘Thank You For Playing With Me’ - published by Stockmans Art Books was launched in January 2024 at The Photographers' Gallery.

Yolanda is a neurodivergent and mental health advocate, read her ADHD journal here.

1 - 7, July, 2024
Arles Books Fair

19 - 22, September, 2024
Unseen Amsterdam, Photography Fair    

Clients & Features  

British Red Cross
Club Psora
Fabric London Luxury Living
Marie Claire
Plymouth University
Rouge Fashionbook
Telegraphy Luxury
Vision China

2024   De standaard Weekblad
2023   Vogue Portugal Dec issue
2023   Nowness - Photographer in Focus
2023   Dazed - These photos celebrate the beauty of body diversity
2023   i-D - Yolanda Y. Liou is celebrating radical self-acceptance
2021    Photographer's Companion April Issue
2021    Creative Review - Why Portrait Photography Is All About Trust
2021    National Portrait Gallery - An Introduction to Yolanda Y. Liou
2021    aint - bad
2020   Publico P3
2020   BBC South East Taylor Wessing Portrait Award Shortlists
2020   The Guardian Taylor Wessing Portrait Award Shortlists
2020   Fisheye
2020   i-D
2020   HOKK fabrica
2019    It's Nice That
2019    Fisheye
2019    BJP - Neo Hua Ren: the diaspora of a post internet era
2019    Girls Club Asia
2018    Dream Magazine
2018    BJP Portrait of Britain - People’s Choice Award

Book Launch
2024    Jan 25-28th
              "Thank You For Playing With Me" Book Launch / Talk with Pelumi Odubanjo / Display

               TPG Bookshop, The Photographers' Gallery, London

2024    Thank You For Playing With Me, Published by Stockmans Art Books
2023    Portrait of Britain vol.6, Published by Bluecoat Press
2023    Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs, Author: Henry Carroll, Published by Laurence King 
2020    I Think It's Time To Take The Clothes Off, Self-Published

Awards & Recognitions

2024    IPA -  One Shot, Jury Top 5
2023    Der Grief Guest Room - "Happy accidents: embracing mistakes"
              - Simon Baker & Aden Vincendeau

2023    Portrait of Britain Vol. 6 Winner
2023    Art Finder Ones to Watch Summer
2023    Belfast Photo Festival Open Calls Shortlist
2020    Elephant Art - These Are the Essential Artists You Need to Watch
2020    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - Third Prize
2019    Creative Review Photography Annual - Honourable Mention
2018    Lens Culture B&W Awards - Editor's Pick
2018    The British Journal of Photography - Portrait of Britain
            - Editor’s Pick & People’s Choice Award

2014    Life Framer-Theme 11/Times of Life- Honourable Mention
Group Exhibitions

2024    positions, Somerset House, Photo London
2024    Document Now - Exhibition Bermondsey Project Space, London
2024    Portrait of Britain, British Journal of Photography 
2022    The Unseen, Rankin Creative & Quantus Gallery, London 
2022    Xenos, Universe Gallery
2021    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition, Cromwell Place, London
2021    Strange Flowers, The Earth Issue Online
2020    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London
2020    Pandemia, Filet, London
2019    Free Up The Mind, Espacio Gallery, London
2019    Neo Hua Ren, The Crypt Gallery, London
2019    interactions, The Old Street Gallery, London
2019    WANTED, Shanghai 
2019    Piccell Exhibition, London
2018    Photo Fringe OPEN18, Brighton
2018    A4X, Old Brompton Gallery, London
2017    Girlgaze Uncensored, LA
2017    The Splits, Hamilton House Gallery, Bristol
2015    NZEPLTN Exhibition/ Funded by O2, London

2024 Belfast Photo Festival Insta Residency 
Film Screenings
2023    Cuerpo Transparente, Argentina
2022    Imajitari - International Dance Film Festival, Jakarta
2022    Beyond Beck Road, Open House Festival, London 
2022    Moving Through Film Screening, Bermondsey Project Space, London
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