Nguan was born and raised in Singapore. He attended Northwestern University in Illinois and graduated with a degree in Film and Video Production. Nguan’s photographs are about big city yearning, ordinary fantasies and emotional globalisation.

His first book, Shibuya (2010), was named in PDN Annual as one of the best of the year. His second book, How Loneliness Goes (2013), was called “a masterful portrait of quiet urban lives” by American Photo. How Loneliness Goes was featured in Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex In Hong Kong, a group exhibition by Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art institution Para/Site. The series will be presented as a solo exhibition in Jan 2015 at ION Art as part of the MI Singapore Fringe Festival. Nguan’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).