This self-described student, entrepreneur and explorer was born in Shanghai, China, and raised there as well as on two other continents. His upbringing has instilled a deep desire to be a connector between cultures, which in turn has taken him across the world, from volunteering on organic farms in New Zealand to visiting families in Palestinian refugee camps. Currently, Ben is on a journey to see the world through a new lens with, he says, the help of Fujifilm. Ben won the Fujifilm Students of Storytelling competition for how he sees the world “through a new lens” while on this journey to create compelling and unique work. Fujifilm created the contest to identify the next generation of U.S. storytellers, and to provide them with Fujifilm X Series or GFX System gear to bring their vision to life.

Rangefinder: What interests you as a storyteller? Which stories are you drawn to? 

Ben Yan: Having grown up in multiple cultures, I’m…

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