I can hold my own with convicts, shoot the breeze with celebrities, and eat raw reindeer brain in the Arctic. I cross cultures, mountains, and permafrost to track down the heart of unique stories.
I was born in Hong Kong in 1974 and I wanted to see the world. I challenged myself to speak English, two dialects of Chinese, Russian, French and Dutch. My languages and cultural awareness have opened doors to amazing people and their stories over my 18 years photographing and reporting for some of the world’s best outlets. When I am not traveling, I am busy with my team writing, researching stories, and charting new paths.
At the end of the day, it’s still the exploring, the going wherever it takes to discover and bring back inspiring images and words, that keeps me burning.
International visual journalist Justin Jin shoots epic projects in the Russian Arctic hinterland and captures front-page reporting about booming Chinese megacities.
Born in Hong Kong in 1974, educated in Britain (B.A., M.A. Cambridge, in philosophy and political science), and now based in Brussels, Justin speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, good Russian and Dutch, and some French.
He started his career as a Reuters correspondent, writing about social and economic issues, and became head of an eight-person bureau in southern China before forging his own path as an independent photographer and publishing stories in top magazines such as Geo, the Sunday Times, and Stern.
Justin also helps responsible organisations communicate their messages. He has worked on large projects as the creative centre — photographer, video director and writer all in one — for top consumer brands and NGOs.
International prizes attest to Justin’s skill, including the Magnum Emergency Fund, Pictures of the Year International (POYi), and World Press Photo Masterclass. He was commissioned by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam to shoot a major solo-exhibition, and his Arctic project was exhibited at the Visa Pour L’image in Perpignan.
While he often works with subjects that show life’s harsh realities, Justin aims to create images that emit light.