Chan Chao

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Chan Chao

Professorial Lecturer, Studio Arts Program


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Chan Chao was born in Kalemyo, Burma. In addition to teaching photography at GW, he has published three photography books, contributed to five different magazine publications, and had his work in five galleries and ten museums nationwide.


Current Project

Chao was recently commisioned by Children’s Hospital to produce limited sets of portofolio titled “Reflections”, a photographic tribute to the power of philanthropy at Children’s National.


Publications & Exhibitions

Professor Chao has published three photography books:

  • Burma: Something Went Wrong (Nazraeli Press: Tucson, Arizona, 2000)
  • Letterform PLF (Nazraeli Press: Tucson, Arizona, 2001)
  • Echo (Nazraeli Press: Tucson Arizona, 2004)

He has contributed to:

  • New York Times Sunday Magazine
  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • GEO Magazine
  • Colors Magazine
  • The Walrus

His photographs have been exhibited at:

  • 2002 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
  • Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, NY
  • G Fine Art in Washington DC
  • Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, CA

Chao's photographs are in the permanent collection of:

  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Houston Museum of Fine Art
  • L. A. County Museum of Art
  • The Denver Art Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Art
  • LaSalle Bank Photography Collection



Professor Chao studied under John Gossage and has cultivated his practice based on techniques that are self taught with insight from being around critical thinking peers.


Professional Organizations

  • Hillyer Artist Advisory Committee