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 global journey, enriching his vision and commitment as a photojournalist through the cultures he encounters and the lessons of his mentors.
Woong-jae wants his photography to draw people's attentions to unseen realities and show them why this world has to change. He says "To photograph is to witness, to gather the world around us in to fragments of moments within the frame. I believe that those fragments have voices, very small voices, but sometimes they resonate with our minds and provoke something emotional and mental deep inside our souls."
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.
He finished a full time internship at VII Photo Agency in New York in 2012, and started his career as a freelance photojournalist based out of New York. His major clients are The Washington Post, GQ Korea and PhotoDot Magazine amongst others.