“MCAD encourages you to be a weirdo, try things, fail, try again . . . you can't get that everywhere and I miss it.”

Despite the careful framing and lighting in his pictures, many of them portraits, Shen Wei says he “works very spontaneously . . . often purely with my instinct.” He invites casual acquaintances, even strangers, to sit for his camera, and the results are composed, with touches of sadness or isolation.

Katherine Turczan’s work explores portraiture and post-communist life in Ukraine. Her work has been exhibited and collected by major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.