chi yin sim

Genre: Photographer

Hometown: singapore

About sim

Sim Chi Yin is a visual documentarian and researcher focused on projects in Asia, working in photography, film, sound and text. She is particularly interested in history and memory, migration, and the intersection between global inequality and resource extraction. 

A subtle and sensitive story-teller, Chi Yin is known for work that is intimate, investigative, and delicately decodes difficult cultures. She’s working on long-form projects for books, exhibitions and installations, making contemporary photographs as well as using archival documents, objects. She also teaches and does speaking engagements at festivals, corporations and conferences.

A fourth-generation overseas Chinese born and raised in Singapore, schooled in London and now based in Beijing for the past ten years, Chi Yin feels both southeast Asian and Chinese, and is curious about where cultures meet and blend or diverge. 

Her photo and film work has been screened at photo festivals in Arles and Perpignan, and exhibited at PhotoVille in New York, the Annenberg Space in Los Angeles, Paris Photo, Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and at festivals and galleries in China, Singapore, Seoul and Leipzig. 

Chi Yin is one of 18 photographers in the world represented by New York-based VII Photo Agency. She has done photography, video and multimedia commissions for TIME, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Le Monde and The New Yorker, among other top international publications. 

Chi Yin was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights and Photography fellow at New York University in 2010 and a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013. She was listed as one of 30 emerging photographers globally by Photo District News in 2013 PDN30 and in the Ones to Watch list by the British Journal of Photography in 2014. That year, she was Her World Magazine’s Young Woman Achiever of the Year. 

She was a World Press Photo jury member for documentary categories in 2016.

Chi Yin was trained as a historian, finishing two degrees in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English language daily, for nine years before quitting to be an independent story-teller.

chiyin@chiyinsim.com
Sim Chi Yin is a visual documentarian and researcher focused on projects in Asia, working in photography, film, sound and text. She is particularly interested in history and memory, migration, and the intersection between global inequality and resource extraction. 

A subtle and sensitive story-teller, Chi Yin is known for work that is intimate, investigative, and delicately decodes difficult cultures. She’s working on long-form projects for books, exhibitions and installations, making contemporary photographs as well as using archival documents, objects. She also teaches and does speaking engagements at festivals, corporations and conferences.

A fourth-generation overseas Chinese born and raised in Singapore, schooled in London and now based in Beijing for the past ten years, Chi Yin feels both southeast Asian and Chinese, and is curious about where cultures meet and blend or diverge. 

Her photo and film work has been screened at photo festivals in Arles and Perpignan, and exhibited at PhotoVille in New York, the Annenberg Space in Los Angeles, Paris Photo, Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and at festivals and galleries in China, Singapore, Seoul and Leipzig. 

Chi Yin is one of 18 photographers in the world represented by New York-based VII Photo Agency. She has done photography, video and multimedia commissions for TIME, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Le Monde and The New Yorker, among other top international publications. 

Chi Yin was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights and Photography fellow at New York University in 2010 and a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013. She was listed as one of 30 emerging photographers globally by Photo District News in 2013 PDN30 and in the Ones to Watch list by the British Journal of Photography in 2014. That year, she was Her World Magazine’s Young Woman Achiever of the Year. 

She was a World Press Photo jury member for documentary categories in 2016.

Chi Yin was trained as a historian, finishing two degrees in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English language daily, for nine years before quitting to be an independent story-teller.

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