Sim Chi Yin is a visual artist and documentary photographer focusing on history, memory, conflict, and migration and its consequences, based in Beijing.
Chi Yin read history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is researching a book on the early Cold War that tells the story of her grandfather, his compatriots and their anti-colonial battle in British Malaya, and working on a global project on sand.
Originally a print journalist and foreign correspondent at The Straits Times for nine years before quitting to photography full time, she now works on self-directed projects in Asia. She has completed multimedia, photography and video commissions for international publications including Le Monde, National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and TIME.
Chi Yin won the Chris Hondros Award in 2018. She was an inaugural Magnum Foundation Social Justice 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 and in British Journal of Photography’s “Ones to Watch” in 2014. That year, she was Her World Magazine’s “Young Woman Achiever of the Year. She has recently joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee.
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