Ian Teh’s concern for social, environmental and political issues is evident in much of his photography. Amongst selected works, his series, The Vanishing: Altered Landscapes and Displaced Lives (1999-2003), records the devastating impact of the Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River. In later works, such as Dark Clouds (2006-2008), Tainted Landscapes (2007- 2008) and Traces (2009-), Teh explores the darker consequences of China’s booming economy.
He has published three monographs, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). His work is part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Hood Museum in the USA. Selected solo shows include the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2004, Flowers in London in 2011 and the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam in 2012.
Teh has received several honors, including the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography and the Emergency Fund from the Magnum Foundation. In 2010, the acclaimed literary magazine Granta published a 10-year retrospective of his work in China, and in 2013, he was elected by the Open Society Foundations to exhibit in New York at the Moving Walls Exhibition.