Printed Exhibition Catalogues:


The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (compile), Immeasurable: The 2016 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition (Hangzhou: Zhejiang Photography Publisher, 2016)  ISBN: 978-7-5514-1388-6

三影堂摄影艺术中心编著,无量 - 2016年度三影堂奖作品展  (杭州:浙江摄影出版社,2016)

Dubai Photo Exhibition, HIPA, UAE, 2016

Duan, Yuting, Expanded Geographies: 2015 Lianzhoufoto (Beijing: China Nationality Art Photograph Publishing House, 2015) ISBN: 978-7-5122-0762-2

段,毓婷,扩张的地域:2015年连州国际摄影节展 (北京:中国民族摄影艺术出版社,2015)

Preston, Yan Wang, Mother River, 2015


The Swatch Ltd (compile), Faces & Traces, Shanghai, 2014

Takvam, M and Treharne, F, (ed), Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 (London: The Renaissance Photography Prize, 2013)

Melis, W (curator), Noorderlicht: terra cognita, (Groningen: Stichting Aurora Borealis, 2012) ISBN: 978-90-76703-48-0


Printed Books:

He, Yining, Photography in the British Classroom (Beijing: China Nationality Art Photograph Publishing House, 2015)

何,伊宁,英国摄影教室 (北京:中国民族摄影艺术出版社,2015)ISBN: 9787512208094


Printed Newspapers (selected):

Tipton, G, ‘‘Mother River’: photographs of life along China’s Yangtze: Yan Wang Preston’s exhibition captures sweeping landscapes of third longest river’, published in The Irish Times, 26 January 2017

Andreasson, K, ‘Yan Wang Preston’s best photograph: a Chinese village’s ancient tree – sold for $25,000’, published in The Guardian, 9 March 2017


Printed Essays:

Bate, David, “The Geocultural Image”, published in the exhibition catalogue Mother River, 2015

Mason, Roger, “A Response to Mother River”, published in the exhibition catalogue Mother River, 2015


Printed Journals (Selected):

Tjejland III, September 2017

Zhang, I, ‘Cities of Exchange’, in British Journal of Photography, April 2017 

Twigg, M, ‘Root Cause’ in Post Magazine, 12 March 2017

Yan Wang Preston (image & text), China’s Disappearing Trees, in Rakesprogress, #3

Source: The Photographic Review, Winter 2016

Yan Wang Preston (image & text), “Mother River – A Photographic Journey down the Yangtse” (2010-2014), in The PRS: Contemporary Photography, Number 64 Summer 2016

Natali (interviewer), Yan Wang Preston (image), “Preston Yan: Mother River”, in PhotoWorld Magazine, July 2016

娜塔利 (采访), 王岩(文图), “王岩:沿江走四年”, 摄影世界,2016年7月刊  ISSN: 1002-6770

Tong, Jiaxi (interviewer), Yan Wang Preston (image), “Pinpointing across Ten Thousand Li, Tracing the Yangtze Source”, in Life Magazine, June 2016

佟佳熹(文),王岩 (图),”万里定点,溯源长江”, 生活月刊,2016年6月号  ISSN: 1005-0493

Yan Wang Preston (text & image), “Mother River”, in Chinese Photography Magazine, November 2015

王岩(图文),母亲河, 中国摄影杂志,2015年11月 ISSN: 0529-6420

Feng, Jingyi (text), Yan Wang Preston (image), “Sixty-Three Dates with the Yangtze River”, in Modern Weekly, 10 October 2015,issue no 877

冯婧怡(文),王岩(图),” 母亲河:和长江的63次约会”,周末画报,2015年10月10日,第877期

Yan Wang Preston (image & text ), “Mother River” in Caixin Weekly – China Economics & Finance, issue 670, September 2015

王岩(文图), “母亲河”, 财新周刊,总670期,2015年9月刊  ISSN: 9771002395098

Zhou Qian (text), Yan Wang Preston (image), “The River Goes That Way, That is the East”,   in better, issue 8, August 2015

周倩(文),王岩(图),”江往哪边流,哪边便是东”, 优良,第八期,2015年8月  ISSN: 1671-1297

He, Yining, “Walking and Mapping: the Physical Experience of Contemporary Photography”, in Art World 298, July 2015

何,伊宁,”当代摄影的行为体验”,艺术世界298, 2015年7月  ISSN: 1005-7722

Yan Wang Preston (image & text), “Source to Sea: Yan Preston”, in The RPS Journal, May 2015/ Volume 155/ Number 5  ISSN: 1468-8670


Online Media (Selected):

D’Aliesio, S, Exhibition: Mother River by Yan Wang Preston, on British Journal of Photography, 27 March 2017

Smyth, D, Yan Wang Preston wins the Syngenta Photography Award, on British Journal of Photography, 9 March, 2017

Jansen, C, These Revealing Images Capture the Plight of China’s Environment, on Artsy Editorial, 3 January 2017.

 ‘Mother River’ Portfolio on Photomonitor, September 2016

Yu Xi (text), Yan Wang Preston (image), “Interviewing Wang Yan – it’s more a pilgrimage than photography”, Seyingwuji, 13th April 2016

钰曦,专访王岩丨与其说摄影,这更像是一场修行, 色影无忌,2016年4月13号

 Video Interview by Lensculture, 2016:

“Mother River: 6,200 Kilometres From Source to Mouth of the Yangtze”

MANILA, Philippines, “Yan Wang Preston: ‘The Yangtze River has become my river”, on Philstar, 14 June 2015

Beesley, Ruby, “Swatch Faces 2015, Venice Biennale”, on Aesthetica Magazine, 27 May 2015

Interview by Oxley, Matthew,“Yan Preston’s Mother River”, on World Photography Organisation’s Blog, 12 May 2016

Essay by Griffiths, Alyn, “Capturing the majesty of the Yangtze River, 100 km at a time”, on CNN Style, 28 March 2016

 Portfolio and Text: “63 Faces of the Yangtze River “ on Jiemian, 23 March 2016



Online Reviews (Selected):

Taylor, Anna, “Review: Yan Preston – Touchstones, Rochdale”, 15 April, 2014

 Du, Li’an, “Sing a Different Tune – On Wang Yan’s Mother River”, on Tuchong, 20 April 2016




CCTV News, Crossover: China Through the Lens, 24 September 2016

Sky News Arabia: معرض دبي للصورة يقدم أعمالا فنية لمصورين عالميي, 17 March 2016


Conference Presentations:


Art of Risk Symposium, Leeds University, UK. Paper Title: Mother River



Land/Water International Symposium, Plymouth University, UK  Paper Title: Re-mapping the Yangtze River

Photography and the Expedition Symposium, Plymouth University, UK  Paper Title: Back Home – Landscape & The Expedition



Water・Image International Visual Arts Conference, Plymouth University, UK

Paper Title: Water as Tao in Contemporary China?


Artistic Talks and Lectures:


BA Photography, Cleveland College of Art and Design, UK

BA Photography, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK



Conversation with Tanya Kiang, Gallery of Photography Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Artist Conversation with William Ewing, Somerset House, London, UK

Reboot Your Practice, Masterclass, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK

BA Arts Education, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China

Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Contemporary Group, Royal Photographic Society, Birmingham, UK



MA Media and Communication, Leeds University, UK

BA Photography, Leeds College of Art, UK 

Independent Photography in the South East of England, Bolney, East Sussex

IG Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

Epic Journeys, Redeye The Photography Network, Manchester, UK



Photo Shanghai, China 

Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China 

Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing, China 



Contemporary Chinese Culture, Floating Cinema, London, UK 

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK

BA Photography, Blackpool and Fylde College, UK 



MA Photography, Plymouth University, UK 



School of Art and Media, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China 

BA Art Education, Sichuan Fine Art Institutes, Chongqing, China 

BA Photography, Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing, China