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Charles Jin

Former photo editor of Shanghai Pictorial. In 1989, he studied abroad in the US at his own expense. In 1992, he earned an MFA in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He now lives in Atlanta.
He is the chair of the board of French photo agency Sipa Press. In 2006, he began collecting the work of 20th century contemporary photography masters. In the intervening ten years he has collected more than 1600 works by great western master photographers, and more than 400 works by Chinese contemporary photographers.

Since 2011, he has held eight large-scale collection exhibitions including: 100 Original Works, From Callahan to Jeff Koons, Touching the Classics, 150 Works of Chinese Contemporary Photography, and 20th Century World Photography Masters at institutions such as CAFA Museum, China Millennium Monument, Middle Art Museum, Hexiangning Art Museum, and the Shanghai Center of Photography. As the most important photography collector in the Chinese world, in recent years he has served as a judge for some significant photography exhibitions and festivals both domestically and abroad.