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Dora Duan is a San Francisco Bay Area-based fine art photographer. Her passion for storytelling is evident in her work. With a strong emphasis on the emotional content, Duan creates photographs that explore identity and personal experience on a psychological level. Her work evokes inner connections with viewers through minimal visual elements and aesthetic aspects. 


Duan started her career in California as a software engineer. During the time she worked in San
Francisco, her office was across the street from the Academy of Art University campus; she often dreamed to take an adventure in art school, as her passion for photography went back to her childhood. Duan started a photography studio in 2012, and then became a full-time fine art photographer, she received an MFA from Academy of Art University in 2020.


Duan’s work has been selected in many domestic and international exhibitions and publications. Recently her work was shown at a juried exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA and the “open theme | unbound” exhibition at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX. Her award recognition includes American Photographic Artists (APA) National 2020 3rd Place, APA LA 2021 “Off The Clock” Award, nominations for 2020 Fine Art Photography Awards, and 2018 International Color Awards, etc.


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