Grateful to be a witness through his camera, Stefen is a photographer with an unique eye and effervescent personality.
The Poverty Line project, done in conjunction with economist Lin Hui-Yi, won the grand prize at the Arles Photography Open Salon, and was awarded an artist residency during the Les Rencontres d’Arles. The photographic project has since been exhibited at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing, and various galleries in Penang, Singapore and Cologne. It has been featured in numerous media transcending conventional photography-based media, including NPR, Foreign Policy, Xinhua and Singapore Business Times. The project was also presented at TED@Shanghai, a global talent search by TED in 2012.
Stefen’s work has won awards by World Press Photo, PDN, Billboard, International Photo Awards, Photographie de la Paris. He, himself, is one of the judges for the Tokyo-based Nikon Photo Contest. His clients include The Smithsonian, Time Magazine, Geo Germany, The Guardian, and various commercial companies.
At the age of 25, Stefen climbed to the summit of Mount Everest; he is a member of the Explorers Club, Stefen was born in Malaysia, and he moved to Singapore at the age of two. He has been based in Beijing since 2008.