Justin Jin

Brussels, Belgium


British-Chinese b. 1974

Justin Jin is an internationally renowned photographer working with the world's leading publications and organisations to photograph themes in Europe, China and Russian-speaking countries.

Since picking up a camera 15 years ago, Justin has become a thoughtful storyteller, using images and text to explore international issues. While his scope is wide, his photographs are intimate, real and powerful.

Before embarking on an independent career, Justin worked for Reuters as a correspondent in Beijing and chief representative in Shenzhen, China, managing a financial news bureau.

He is the recipient of a Magnum Foundation award, the Canon Prize and a World Press Photo Masterclass scholarship, among other prizes.

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In the first month of the lunar year, the village of Majie in central China becomes one of the biggest open air stages in the world for storytellers and singers from around the country to perform their much loved canon of folk tales and songs.

In collaboration with Panos Pictures and the World Photography Organisation (WPO), Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors present a nine-month social documentary initiative called ‘FutureofCities’.

China’s Communist leadership has decided that it needs to move 250 million people from the countryside, where they consume what they produce, into the cities, where they are to become the engine of increased domestic consumption.

Completely closed to the outside world for over half a century during Soviet times, Tuva Republic in the geographical centre of Asia on Russia’s southern border remains an isolated enclave infused with Buddhist piety and Shamanic mysticism~~The Tuva Republic, in the far south of Siberia on the border with Mongolia, is a remote and inaccessible land of mountains, forest and steppe, inhabited by wolves, bears and snow leopards.

The Amur River in Far Eastern Russia defines the border between two global giants – Russia, the largest by landmass, and China, the largest by population.

Glaring search lights bounce off the silvery cars of an armoured train as a crane lifts its heavy cargo aboard.

Together with two friends, and his wife, three months pregnant with their first child, Justin Jin embarked on a journey across the world’s largest body of fresh water.

At a vocational college in the Beijing suburbs, twelve hundred young women are in training to be Olympic volunteers.

Rowan, a five year old autistic child, embarked on a therapeutic journey of discovery with his parents to one of the most remote regions in the world.

Behind the fashion for wearing distressed jeans lies a sorry tale of worker exploitation.

‘I never know, although I use the term myself occasionally, quite what people mean when they talk about multiculturalism’.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has flung itself at the feet of Capitalism.

Russia’s Far North is dying a slow death, with only small communities of well paid workers prepared to live in the inhospitable landscape and the endless darkness.