Sim Chiyin, a Rare and Amazing Talent: Nobel Peace Prize Photographer 2017. Singapore Young Woman of the Year 2014.

The work and awards of Sim Chiyin, a niece, daughter of a cousin on my mother’s side of the family, is featured in this Post.

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Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin is this year’s Nobel Peace Prize… – Nobel Peace Center via

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Nobel Peace Center

Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin is this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Photographer

Press Release   •   Dec 06, 2017 13:00 CET

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Visual Artist Sim Chi Yin, Nobel Peace Prize Photographer 2017. (Photo: Alan Lim)

Sim Chi Yin has travelled to North Korea and the US to photograph nuclear sites as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition 2017, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is named “Ban the Bomb” inspired by ICAN’s slogan.

Equipped with cameras and a drone, Sim Chi Yin has spent the past two months traveling along the border of North Korea and across six American states to depict a world we otherwise would not see. Sim Chi Yin’s photographic series –Fallout– offers an insightful investigation into the realities of nuclear sites and nuclear weapons, and how they have affected individual lives and societies.

“Creating this exhibition has been fascinating for me given that I had read Cold War history at university and my previous career as a Beijing-based journalist writing about the region including North Korea. I set out to create a series of images pairing the landscapes of North Korea with those of the United States – which are the only country to test nuclear weapons in the 21st Century and the only country to use them. I found some interesting, uncanny parallels, which led me to reflect on the human experience with nuclear weapons, past and present. Given the current global worries over the recent North Korean missile tests, and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, it feels particularly timely to reflect on this issue,” says Ms. Sim.

“The Nobel Peace Center is honored to have had the opportunity to work together with Sim Chi Yin. On assignment for the Nobel Peace Center, Sim Chi Yin went to parts of the world that most have not seen, offering us a lens through which to consider what we know of nuclear weapons and their imprint. She has offered us a way to look back at how humans created nuclear technology and how we are still grappling with its consequences today” says Ms. Liv Tørres, Director at the Nobel Peace Center.
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Sim, who works in multidisciplinary story-telling, is from Singapore and has been based in China for a decade. In recent years, her work has been shown in museums, galleries and photo festivals in Asia, the US and Europe, including a show at the Istanbul Biennale in 2017. She also does commissioned work for leading global publications like The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Financial Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

Sim 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. To learn more about Sim, see her website here: http://chiyinsim.com.

http://www.nobelpeacecenter.org/en/pressbriefing/#/pressreleases/visual-artist-sim-chi-yin-is-this-years-nobel-peace-prize-photographer-2317920

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10 December 2017

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Sim Chi Yin, this years photographer presenting her diptychs from nuclear sites in the US and N. Korea

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Sim Chiyin, photographer, Vii Mentor Program, Vii Photo Agency

*Sim Chi Yin Joins VII Photo as an Interim Member

*Sim Chi Yin wins Singapore Young Woman of the Year award

Nov 21

Meet Sim Chi Yin, independent photographer & filmmaker, @MagnumFNDfellow & Young Leader. & more of Asia’s future leaders & change-makers are heading to Melbourne for 🇦🇺’s first Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit.

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Sim Chi Yin Joins VII Photo as an Interim Member
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Sim Chi Yin / VII
A transvestite performs at a wedding ceremony in a neighbourhood on the fringe of Beijing, in an area that was once rural and has now just become urban.

In 2010, Sim Chi Yin threw away the “cushy, secure life” that comes with the job of staff foreign correspondent for the Straits Times, Singapore’s popular English-language daily, to become a freelance photographer. “I wanted to learn to swim or sink on my own,” she tells TIME.

Four years later, Sim has established herself as a photojournalist, working regularly on assignment for the New York Times. “In 2010, I got a Magnum Foundation fellowship, which allowed me to study with photographer Susan Meiselas and [academic] Fred Ritchin,” she says. “This prepared me for my major transition from text journalism to freelance photography.”

Now, after spending three years in VII Photo’s Mentor Program, with Marcus Bleasdale overseeing her work, Sim has been offered a position of interim member at the agency. “It’s a great honor to be offered a spot in a collective with some of the leading documentary photographers in the field,” she says. “Since I quit my writing job, I’ve been thrown into assignment photographic work rather quickly. I now would very much like to do more thoughtful, meaningful projects and group projects on global issues.”

For the next couple of years, Sim will pay VII Photo’s monthly membership fees and participate in the agency’s internal meetings, but she won’t hold voting rights. In 2016, she will be able to apply for full membership.

“Agencies aren’t really about getting assignments and resales these days,” she notes. “There’s of course some brand recognition that comes with being associated with VII, especially in the West, but for me it really comes down to what I can do within this group—banding together under the broad common interests of doing socially meaningful storytelling.”

Sim also hopes she’ll be able to build VII Photo’s profile in China and across Asia. “China is an important country, and I hope to be able to find partnerships in this part of the world [to create links] with the Western-centered photography industry,” she tells TIME. “I believe we can use visual storytelling and photography, both universal languages, to enhance our bonds and build understanding.”

Sim Chi Yin is a photographer based in Beijing, China. She is represented by VII Photo.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent.

For the full article and photos:

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Chi Yin Sim is a photographer based in Beijing, a member of the VII Photo Agency Mentor Program for emerging talents. When she’s not working on personal projects on social issues in the region, she shoots regularly for The New York Times. Alrik Swagerman, Co-founder of Viewbook, calls Chi Yin at home in Beijing.

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“Just go chase that personal project that you feel really strongly about.”

Chi Yin Sim is a photographer based in Beijing, a member of VII Photo Agency’s Mentor Program for emerging talents. She’s been selected for the PDN30 – Emerging photographers to watch – in 2013. When she’s not working on personal projects on social issues in the region, she shoots regularly for the New York Times. Alrik Swagerman, Co-founder of Viewbook, calls Chi Yin at home in Beijing, China. Just back from from an assignment, Chi Yin tells us about her work, personal drive and her view on getting ahead in today’s editorial industry.

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Photo: Angry red sky. Red light from a big screen diffused through pollutants in the air in downtown…

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Please support Chi Yin and vote for her by clicking the heart in her photo. Please also get your friends to support.
There’s a public vote prize; voting on this site: 

Sim Chi Yin – Nominated artist for ICON de MCB 2013

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January 22, 2013

A woman walks the dogs at a gated compound with large townhouses and yards housing rich Chinese and expatriates, on the outskirts of Beijing. Photo by @chiyin_sim for @GlobalPost Special Report, The Great Divide, which looks at the causes and effects of income inequality and holds a mirror up to the US, comparing it to countries around the world. (Sim Chi Yin/VII Mentor Program/GlobalPost). @VIIphoto @groundtruth #incomeinequality #gpgreatdivideA woman walks the dogs at a gated compound with large townhouses and yards housing rich Chinese and expatriates, on the outskirts of Beijing. Photo by @chiyin_sim for @GlobalPost Special Report, The Great Divide, which looks at the causes and effects of income inequality and holds a mirror up to the US, comparing it to countries around the world. (Sim Chi Yin/VII Mentor Program/GlobalPost). @VIIphoto @groundtruth #incomeinequality #gpgreatdivide

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January 22, 2013

A man stands before a poster at a shopping mall in Beverly Hills with high-end shops. Photo by @chiyin_sim for @GlobalPost Special Report, The Great Divide, which looks at the causes and effects of income inequality and holds a mirror up to the US, comparing it to countries around the world. (Sim Chi Yin/VII Mentor Program/GlobalPost). @VIIphoto @groundtruth #incomeinequality #gpgreatdivideA man stands before a poster at a shopping mall in Beverly Hills with high-end shops. Photo by @chiyin_sim for @GlobalPost Special Report, The Great Divide, which looks at the causes and effects of income inequality and holds a mirror up to the US, comparing it to countries around the world. (Sim Chi Yin/VII Mentor Program/GlobalPost). @VIIphoto @groundtruth #incomeinequality #gpgreatdivide

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This piece is in French, so please click on the link after the photo if you want to read it…

AU CœUR DU CLUB LE PLUS PUISSANT DE CHINE

  • Le Lundi, 11 Février 2013 par Laure de Charette © Sim Chi Yin

Au sommet d’une tour péki¬noise, dirigeants chinois, investisseurs étrangers et businessmen locaux concluent des contrats industriels en sirotant des grands crus. Bien¬venue au Capital Club, inaccessible au commun des mortels.

© Sim Chi Yin
In GQ France, March 2013 issue, a portrait I did of the Capital Club in Beijing, exclusive to wealthy Chinese and expatriates. With thanks to Dominique Viger VII Photo Agency
http://www.gqmagazine.fr/pop-culture/gq-enquete/articles/au-coeur-du-club-le-plus-puissant-de-chine/17699 — in Beijing, China

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January 29, 2013

Just up: Two stories on the income gap I shot recently in Beijing and Los Angeles for Global Post and VII, part of GP’s interesting new series on global inequality, comparing US cities to their global equivalents based on the Gini coefficient.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/130124/migrants-beijing-china-income-gap-great-divide

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130114/latin-american-immigrants-los-angeles-inequality

And a blog post with some of my thoughts on how the situation in the two cities compares: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/beijing-los-angeles-income-inequality

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In China, a Vast Chasm Between the Rich and the Rest
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The gulf between China’s booming cities and its poor countryside has become a major source of social unrest.
The Great Divide February 9, 2013, 2:00 pm122 Comments

In China, a Vast Chasm Between the Rich and the Rest

By SIM CHI YIN

BEIJING — The passing coal miners in remote Shaanxi Province took one look at our marooned Audi and walked on, leaving us stuck on the sleet-covered mountain road.

As dusk fell, I managed to mingle with some young migrant workers, and trek with them through a snowy mountain pass and onto the last bus for the day. “We thought you were rich city people, coming out here in an Audi,” one worker told me. “That’s why no one helped you.”

A cleaner walks past the Prada store in the luxury IFC Mall in Shanghai’s Lujiazui financial district. Behind him is the Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be China’s tallest building, with 121 stories.
Sim Chi Yin/VII Mentor Program A cleaner walks past the Prada store in the luxury IFC Mall in Shanghai’s Lujiazui financial district. Behind him is the Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be China’s tallest building, with 121 stories.

He had become chatty only after I assured him that I had taken a ride in a friend’s Audi — the car make of choice for Chinese government officials — only because I was rushing out to the mountains to visit a dying villager I had been photographing over for a year.

Read the rest by clicking on the link

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/in-china-a-vast-chasm-between-the-rich-and-the-rest/?smid=fb-share

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