Zone of Absolute Discomfort

Outside the window, tall birch trees gradually shrank, becoming shrubs; soon only twigs stuck out of the snow. When, finally, darkness enshrouds landscape of ice and snow, we knew we had arrived in the extreme North.

Gift of Love

In 2012, French spirits company Pernod Ricard commissioned me to highlight its efforts empowering locals in Dimen village, in China’s impoverished Guizhou province, to retain their culture through skilled marketing of traditional craftsmanship.

OXFAM’s “After the Thaw”

In 2010 and 2011, OXFAM approached me to work with them on a campaign to raise awareness of the economic stagnation and crumbling welfare that was plaguing post-Soviet countries, 20 years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Another Great Leap Forward

In April of this year the New York Times assigned me to explore in a series of 20 photographs the new Chinese leadership’s dramatic, history-making plan to turn 250 million farmers into city dwellers in the coming 12 years.

Chernobyl, 30 years after

On April 26, 1986, the world suffered its worst nuclear disaster ever, when one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. The Soviet government, under leader Mikhail Gorbachev, hushed the news for 36 hours, leading to the catastrophic radiation of large nearby populations. Thirty years on today, the area is still sealed inside an exclusion zone, the towns and villages devoid of humans apart from the engineers busy with the continued clean-up effort. The displaced residents live scattered in towns and villages across Ukraine, with many second or third generation children displaying unusually high cases of diseases including cancer.

Chernobyl marks 30 years after the nuclear catastrophe that scarred…

Chernobyl marks 30 years after the nuclear catastrophe that scarred our conscience. The Soviet government hushed the news for 36 hours, leading to the irradiation of large nearby populations. Today, the area is still sealed inside an exclusion zone, the towns and villages ghostly. For this story, I met displaced residents scattered across Ukraine, with many second or third generation children displaying unusually high cases of genetic diseases. Posted by | View Post | View Group

IN PHOTOGRAPHS: Uprooted Chinese farmers get to grips with city life

In the second of a two-part series on China’s massive urbanisation drive, photographer Justin Jin meets former farmers as they try to make themselves at home in an unfamiliar environment.

Part II of my photo story “Uprooted”, about China’s sweeping…

Part II of my photo story “Uprooted”, about China’s sweeping urbanisation, published yesterday in the Post Magazine in Hong Kong. Posted by | View Post | View Group