Penn Chan holds a BA from Bard College in Literature and Psychology, graduated from SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. He is a self-taught photographer and has been a guest critic and lecturer at many institutions such as the College of William & Mary, Maine Media Work Shops, University of Vermont, Yale School of Art, and Princeton University. His work has been exhibited in galleries such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Cleveland, Ohio, Burlington City Arts in Vermont, LTD Los Angeles, and David Zwirner Gallery in New York City. MATTE Magazine published selection of his work in the summer of 2018. Penn Chan is currently based in Portland, Maine.