Hi there! My name is Ash Ngu. I'm a journalist, and an occasional photographer and woodworker.

I work on visual and interactive stories for ProPublica. My work has also been published in The New York Times and The Pudding.

Journalism
Photography
  • Danny Pham shares an intimate moment at GAMeBoi SF.
    San Francisco, California Danny Pham shares an intimate moment at GAMeBoi SF.
    Part of a 2016 series called Coming Home, which highlighted queer Asian Americans and their concepts of home.
  •  Roy Luo gets ready for a goth party with his sister and best friend.
    San Francisco, California Roy Luo gets ready for a goth party with his sister and best friend.
    Part of the Coming Home series
  • On the anniversary of 9/11, members of the FDNY Emerald Society played bagpipes outside of O'Hara's Pub.
    Manhattan, New York On the anniversary of 9/11, members of the FDNY Emerald Society played bagpipes outside of O'Hara's Pub.
  • An officer's head is gripped by a fellow first responder on the anniversary of 9/11.
    Manhattan, New York An officer's head is gripped by a fellow first responder on the anniversary of 9/11.
  • Hsin Chuen-Lin demonstrates his throwing technique.
    Fremont, California Hsin Chuen-Lin demonstrates his throwing technique.
  • Inger Brinck feeding their four-month old son. They are considering moving out of Oakland as housing costs increase.
    Oakland, California Inger Brinck feeding their four-month old son. They are considering moving out of Oakland as housing costs increase.
    Part of the Coming Home series
  • A boy curls up underneath a slide to play his Nintendo DS.
    Kyoto, Japan A boy curls up underneath a slide to play his Nintendo DS.
  • The ball flies wide in a casual match.
    Kyoto, Japan The ball flies wide in a casual match.
  • Code for Palestine students play basketball after classes are done for the day.
    Jericho, West Bank Code for Palestine students play basketball after classes are done for the day.
  • Code for Palestine students take design thinking classes in addition to programming.
    Jericho, West Bank Code for Palestine students take design thinking classes in addition to programming.
  • Waiting for departure at Narita Airport.
    Chiba, Japan Waiting for departure at Narita Airport.
  • Visiting a batik shop at a local market.
    Medan, Indonesia Visiting a batik shop at a local market.
  • A boy catches and releases turtles at a local creek.
    Kyoto, Japan A boy catches and releases turtles at a local creek.
  • A maple tree in the summer sun.
    Kyoto, Japan A maple tree in the summer sun.
  • A boy and his father prepare to check the nets.
    Cook Inlet, Alaska A boy and his father prepare to check the nets.
  • Salmon fishermen haul their net.
    Cook Inlet, Alaska Salmon fishermen haul their net.
  • A tractor helps out on the fish site.
    Cook Inlet, Alaska A tractor helps out on the fish site.
  • Kids play atop an ATV on the banks of a family-run salmon fishing operation.
    Cook Inlet, Alaska Kids play atop an ATV on the banks of a family-run salmon fishing operation.
  • Marshall McLaughlin, an intern at a small organic farm in the Capay Valley.
    Rumsey, California Marshall McLaughlin, an intern at a small organic farm in the Capay Valley.
  • Severine Von Tscharner Fleming of Smithereen Farm stops on her way to her blueberry barrens.
    Pembroke, Maine Severine Von Tscharner Fleming of Smithereen Farm stops on her way to her blueberry barrens.
  • A multi-storied, wooden yurt built by Bill Coperthwaite.
    Machias, Maine A multi-storied, wooden yurt built by Bill Coperthwaite.
  • Launching a kayak on the Pennamaquan River
    Pembroke, Maine Launching a kayak on the Pennamaquan River
  • A high school quarterback asks a friend to deliver a rose during the Homecoming game.
    Palo Alto, California A high school quarterback asks a friend to deliver a rose during the Homecoming game.
  • A kohai stands in front of a bonfire on the last night of camp.
    Danube Delta, Romania A kohai stands in front of a bonfire on the last night of camp.
  • Looking out over the Cuyama Valley
    Maricopa, California Looking out over the Cuyama Valley
  • The Columbus Park basketball courts are popular with residents in the Chinatown neighborhood.
    Manhattan, New York The Columbus Park basketball courts are popular with residents in the Chinatown neighborhood.
  • Outside of Lincoln Center
    Manhattan, New York Outside of Lincoln Center
  • Two mothers hold their daughters while watching July 4th fireworks over the East River.
    Brooklyn, New York Two mothers hold their daughters while watching July 4th fireworks over the East River.
  • A young girl holds her dog at a Halloween pet costume festival.
    San Francisco, California A young girl holds her dog at a Halloween pet costume festival.
Woodworking
  • Birch eating set
    Birch eating set
  • Cherry table set
    Cherry table set
  • Cherry flatpack low table
    Cherry flatpack low table
  • Small spoon, birch
    Small spoon, birch
  • Birch spoon
    Birch spoon
  • Cherry spoon
    Cherry spoon
  • Stool, salvaged redwood seat, cherry legs
    Stool, salvaged redwood seat, cherry legs
  • A round stool with a thermochromic leather cushion.
    A round stool with a thermochromic leather cushion.
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Birch eating set
Birch eating set
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