Jeff Sheng Image Studio

Jeff Sheng

Jeff Sheng is an artist, photographer, and sociologist based in Los Angeles. For over the last decade, his work has explored issues of LGBT rights and acceptance in the 21st Century, and his photography on this topic has been published by Time Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, the Advocate, and The New Yorker, among others.

He began Fearless in 2003, as a self-exploration of his own identity as a former closeted high school athlete.  Since then, his collection of portraits of over 200 "out" LGBT identified high school and college athletes across the United States and Canada has been exhibited at over 70 different venues, including numerous college campuses, the corporate headquarters of Nike, ESPN, and Goldman Sachs, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.     

Jeff Sheng completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College in Visual and Environmental Studies (VES), and has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine.  He is currently a PhD Candidate in sociology and an MS candidate in computer science at Stanford University.


Selected Media Coverage

"Athletes at core of 'Fearless' photo project," ESPN

"He Asked. They Told." The New York Times

"Looking Back on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" The New Yorker

"Photos of gay service members make statement about policy," CNN


Speaking and FEARLESS Project Campus Exhibition Requests

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