Zilan (Sandy) Fan was born and grew up in the Chinese city of Suzhou. A recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program, he now works as a freelance editorial and advertising photographer in New York City. Fan specializes in documenting the performing arts, but has also done extensive work in the fashion industry, shooting for designers and covering New York Fashion Week for television and magazines. His fine-art work, most recently an extensive series based on a character from the Beijing Opera, has been exhibited in galleries in New York and Italy.