Howard Hsu

Howard Hsu


B.S. Biology, University of Washington
Master of Journalism, Documentary Photography, University of California, Berkeley

Office: UW1-251
Phone: 425-352-3262
Email: howurd@uw.edu
Website: http://www.howardhsu.net
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


In teaching interdisciplinary photography courses, I  challenge my students to think differently about themselves and the world around them -  who they are as individuals, their role in society, and the impact of the visual image in art and contemporary life. My courses explore the ability for the photograph to humanize and foster empathy, to convey cultural perspectives, and to capture movements, current issues, and historic events. We examine the still image as a powerful tool for engagement and connection between both the photographer and the viewer.  

Recent Courses Taught

BCORE 104 - Discovery Core
BIS 132 - Introduction to Photography
BIS 331 - Photojournalism & Media History
BISMCS 343 - Documentary Photography


My documentary photography work examines social change, human rights and the environment. Past projects have included casino gaming and disparities in American Indian tribes in California, deforestation and the exotic animal trade in Myanmar (Burma), refugees and migrants in Europe, and income inequality in the United States.

Published Work

2019, Climate Change is Cooking Salmon in the Pacific Northwest, Popular Science

2016, Orchid Island's Nuclear Fate, The Diplomat

2015, The Ones Who Found Refuge, Mashable

2008, Burma: The Resource Curse, PBS Frontline/World

Selected Exhibitions

2012, Industrial Evolution, Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

2010, The Other Half, Shoreline Community College Art Gallery, Shoreline, WA

2009, The Other Half, Reva and David Logan Gallery, Berkeley, CA