Curatorial Team

Curatorial Team

Duan Yuting

Director/Chief Curator

Founder and director of Lianzhou Foto Festival, co-founder and co-director of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography. Dedicated in curatorship, spreading and promotion of China's contemporary photography and management of art projects. Nominator for The Hasselblad Award in Photography and Prix Pictet, and the author of Ten Years of Contemporary Photography in China 2005-2014.

2001 to 2003, taking a 3-year Chinese Master Course as a member chosen by World Press Photo; 2005, initiator and curator of Lianzhou Foto Festival as artistic director and has been chosen as Top Ten Character of China Photography of the Year 2005; November, 2006, invited judge for FOTOBILD, Berlin, Germany; January, 2007, invited curator for Chinese Work in PHOTOQUAL, Paris Photo Biennale; 2007, member of review panel for Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham, UK; 2007, member of review panel for FOTOBILD, Berlin, Germany; April 2008, member of jury of the 1st Salonika Photo Biennale 2008, Greece. May 2008, Reviewer for FOTOBILD Berlin. May 2009, Reviewer for China Photography Awards; Sep 2009 & Sep 2010, Judger for Southern Pocket Film Festival. June 2010 Viewer for 50JPG, Geneva; July 2010, Jury for Photography Talent Award, France. Nominator of 2011 Prix Pictet Photography Prize; Curator in 2012 Moscow Photo Biennale; Nominator for the Hasselblad Award 2012; Reviewer for European New Photography Forum 2014; Reviewer for Houston Photography Biennial 2014; Reviewer for the Festival of Light Argentina 2014; Reviewer for Young Art Taipei 2015, Taiwan; Reviewer for Houston Photography Biennial 2016; Curator for Kyotographie 2016; Curator for Photo Biennale Denmark “Cities and Memory” exhibition, 2016. Jury of the LensCulture Exposure Awards, 2017; Reviewer for Kyotographie 2017;Nominator for Houston Photography Biennial Discovery Exhibition 2017.


François Cheval

Co-director of LMP

François Cheval was born in 1954 and has a background in history and ethnology. He has served as a museum curator since 1982. From 1996 to 2016, he headed the musee Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône. There, François Cheval strives to rid photography of its old presumptions and to resent photographic originality through new forms of museology and revitalized discourse. As a continuation of projects developed outside museums, he continued his activities as artistic director (founder of the BMW residence, HSBC Prize for Photography) and curator of exhibitions (MuCEM for Marseille-Provence 2013, Pavillon Populaire de Montpellier, PhotoEspaña, Rencontres d’Arles, etc). He is the chief curator of the 2017 edition of Mérignac Photographic Festival. François Cheval is the co-founder and co-director of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography, the first public museum dedicated to contemporary photography in China.

Peter Pfrunder

Chief Curator

Peter Pfrunder, born in Singapore, studied literature and popular culture at the Universities of Zurich, Berlin, and Montpellier (France), receiving his doctorate in 1988. As an author and exhibition curator, he focuses on photography as part of the visual culture of Switzerland in a broad sense, and has developed different approaches for working with archives. For the last 20 years, he has served as director and curator of the Fotostiftung Schweiz / Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur. This Foundation was founded 1971 in Zurich and, under the direction of Peter Pfrunder, has become the most important national heritage institution for photography in Switzerland, supported by the Swiss government. Peter Pfrunder curates exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad and contributes to international Festivals such as Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles or Lianzhoufoto, China. Some of his latest publications are : Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present – A Different History of Photography (2011); Adieu la Suisse! Construction and Deconstruction of a Photographic Myth (2012); Unfamiliar Familiarities. Outside Views on Switzerland (2017).

Natasha Egan

Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), where she was previously the associate director and curator since 2000. She has organized over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics.  Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, the 2016 Dubai Photo Exhibitions, UAE, and is a guest curator for the 2019 Lianzhou Foto Festival in Lianzhou, China. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications and periodicals and lectures internationally. For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studies, and MFA in fine art photography.

Hu Ruohao

Hu Ruohao lives and works in Guangzhou. He is a curator and the assistant director of Lianzhou Museum of Photography. Since 2015 he participates in the exhibition planning and development of Lianzhou Foto Festival.

Zhu Jiong

Dr. Zhu Jiong is an associate professor at the Photography Institute of Beijing Film Academy and has been engaged in photography education for more than 20 years.

Besides teaching, Dr. Zhu Jiong has also been actively engaged in the criticism, curatorship and research of visual culture. She has published more than 100 articles in newspaper and journals, and some of her writings have been included in the “Theoretical Proceedings of the China Photographers Association” and “Selected Works of Criticism of Chinese Photography”. As a curator, Zhu Jiong has been responsible for many exhibitions in photography festivals in Pingyao, Lianzhou, Shanghai, Dali and Lishui for the past 10 years. In 2015, she was nominated for the “Golden Bird Best Curator” award at the 6th Dali International Photography Festival and the “Pegasus Cup” from the China Photographers Association. In 2017, she was the winner of the curatorship award of Lishui International Photography Festival. Zhu Jiong has also curated exhibitions of prominent American photographers at China Art Museum and Chinese photographers at Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea.


Holly Roussell

Born 1989, Craftsbury Common, United States. Lives and works in Suzhou, China.

Holly Roussell is Swiss/American independent curator, museologist, and art historian specializing in photography and contemporary art from Asia. She served as coordinator of the worldwide traveling exhibitions program and photography prize, the Prix Elysée, for the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, from 2013 to 2017. In 2017, she co-founded the Asia Photography Project, a non-profit curatorial collective and platform for photography from East Asia. As an independent curator, some recent projects include curating the 4th Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale (2018) under the direction of Li Zhenhua, Pixy Liao Experimental Relationship at the Rencontres d’Arles (2019), and the major publication and travelling exhibition project, Civilization: The Way We Live Now (co-curated with William A. Ewing) that travels  to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR (2018), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. CN (2019), NGV, Melbourne, AUS (2019), Auckland Art Gallery (2020), MUCEM, Marseille, FR (2021) and other venues. Holly Roussell is a regular expert to international portfolio reviews and has contributed as author to a number of exhibition catalogues, artist books and magazines on photography.