Tay Kay Chin is a Singaporean photographer who works mainly in the documentary and photojournalistic genres. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992 with a degree in photojournalism, and spent more than a decade in newspapers in Singapore and the US, working his way up from photographer to presentation editor. In 2003, he was named one of 12 Hasselblad Masters of the world, in recognition of his work Panoramic Singapore.
Kay Chin is also a vocal advocate of photography in Singapore. In 2003, he co-founded, together with Objectifs – Centre For Photography & Filmmaking, one of Southeast Asia’s first photography workshops, Shooting Home. From 2009 to 2015, he anchored the photojournalism programme at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University. In this capacity, he worked with many emerging photojournalists and documentary photographers on long-term visual storytelling projects. In 2010, he co-founded PLATFORM, a photography collective to promote photojournalism and documentary work in Singapore through regular talks, panels and presentations at Sinema and the National Museum of Singapore, among other venues.
In August 2013, as a run-up to the 50th anniversary of Singapore attaining political independence, Kay Chin and the PLATFORM team launched the TwentyFifteen.sg initiative to publish 20 books, containing 15 images each, by 20 Singaporean photographers. TwentyFifteen.sg published almost one book every month for two years, culminating in an exhibition featuring all 20 books at Jendala (Visual Arts Space) at Esplanade–Theatres by the Bay in August 2015.
Kay Chin has exhibited in Australia, China, South Korea, Bangladesh and Singapore. His photographs are collected by Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European House of Photography in Paris, the Les Amis Group and private collectors. Besides commercial and personal projects, he devotes his time to promoting photography; writing, consulting and lecturing.
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