Ruben Terlou studied Mandarin in China and Medicine at the UvA. Before, during and after his studies he was active as a photographer in China and Afghanistan in particular. With his series he won various prizes at the Zilveren Camera and in 2016 the Prize for Innovative Photojournalism. That year also marked the Ruben Terlou television debut, with the successful series Along the banks of the Yangtze, broadcast by the VPRO. In six parts the viewers followed Terlou while he interviewed the Chinese he met in an open and penetrating way. With this he offered a special insight into contemporary Chinese society. The series was also nominated in 2016 for the Silver Nipkow Disc.
At the start of 2018, the popular seven-part documentary series Door het hart van China was released. During September - October 2018 there will be an exhibition of Terlou’s photo work at Galerie Helga Hofman in Alphen aan den Rijn, and Ruben is also working with Lebowski Publishers on a photo book and a non-fiction publication: Chinese dreams.