Canh Nguyen is a photographer and filmmaker from Seattle, WA. Nguyen has exhibited his work at G. Gibson Gallery, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, PCNW, and the Out of Sight Art Fair, among other venues. Nguyen’s work is in the permanent collections of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and the Monsen Collection.

He was Director of Photography for Even the walls, an award-winning documentary on the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace, the nation’s first integrated public housing project, and made his first public presentation of his photographic work at SXSW in Austin, TX, in March 2017. 

Alongside his personal work, Canh is a commercial editorial photographer who has worked with notable clients such as Nordstrom and Microsoft. His photographs have been published in print and online publications such as HYPEBEAST, The New Order, and Travel + Leisure.

Previously, Nguyen was Director of Photography at ChefSteps, a food technology company based in Seattle, WA. Nguyen produced video and still content ranging from cooking-related editorial work, to digital application assets and marketing content. His work on the Joule app helped win the Red Dot Design award in communications design in 2017.

Canh also DJs regularly and has a vine with +110k loops.

Exhibitions and Selections

2016 Out of Sight, King Street Station, Seattle, WA

2016 PCNW Presents: Canh Nguyen, Photo Center NW , Seattle, WA

2015 Seattle Shorts Film Festival

2015 Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, UK)

2015 Echo Park Human Rights Film Festival

2015 Film Aid Film Festival (Nairobi, Kenya)

2015 Chicago International Social Change Film Festival

2015 Harlem International Film Festival

2015 Seattle International Film Festival

2015 Everything Your Heart Desires, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015 Low Res, Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle, WA

2014 Retooled, Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL

2013 NW Focus, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

2013 Under My Skin, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

2013 Looking at You, Looking Back, Cornish Alumni Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 Recent Works, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 Cornish BFA + Design Show, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

2011 Asian American International Film Festival: Music Video Showcase, New York, NY

2010 Art 4 Justice, The Vera Project, Seattle, WA

Awards & Recognition

2017 Red Dot Design Communications Design Award - ChefSteps

2017 Webby Awards - ChefSteps

2016 PDN 30 Nominee

2015 Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short

2015 Tacoma Film Festival Best Regional Film

2015 SIFF Golden Space Needle Award for Best Short Film

2015 Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Low Res Artist Residency

2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award Nominee

2013 The Brink Award Nominee

2011 Emily Morse Scholarship

2010 Nellie Cornish Award

2010 Deborah Ann Penna Endowed Scholarship

2009 Kreilsheimer Award

2008 Nellie Cornish Award


Seattle Times Staff, Seattle Times: High fives: The Best Concerts of 2015December 30, 2015

Jen Graves, The Stranger: Seattle Art in 2015 Is All About Seattle's ImpermanenceDec 22, 2015

Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation: Latitude 47, November 5, 2015

Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts: Hearing Voices, April 27, 2015

Robert Ayers, Seattle Times: From Mountaineers to Boeing: Photo Center NW’s New Show, October 4, 2013

Jen Graves, The Stranger: The Story of Photography in Washington, September 25, 2013

Minh Nguyen, International Examiner: Wordless Discourses, May 1, 2013