Shin Woong-jae(신웅재), a New York based photojournalist, was born in Seoul, South Korea. He majored Linguistics and also studied Semiotics in Korea University.
Upon humanities foundation, he started his career in marketing and brand strategy fields. After ten years of distinguished career, however, he decided to devote himself exclusively to the world of photography being inspired by W. Eugene Smith, Werner Bischof and Joseph Koudelka. He has since embarked on a journey, enriching his vision and commitment as a photojournalist through the cultures he encounters and the lessons of his mentors.
He graduated from School of the International Center of Photography in New York, and he was awarded the ICP’s Director Fellowship during his studies in Documentary and Photojournalism course in 2012.
After finishing a full time internship at VII Photo Agency in New York in 2012, he started a professional career as a photojournalist mainly focusing on human rights issues and conflicts of urbanization in social landscape. While developing long term projects, his versatility has satisfied various clients like The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek and GQ Korea among others. He is also a contributing writer for PhotoDot Magazine of South Korea.