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 in Seoul, South Korea. After ten years of distinguished career in marketing and brand strategy field, he decided to devote himself to the world of photography being hugely inspired by Joseph Koudelka, Eugene Richards and Werner Bischof.
He graduated from School of the International Center of Photography, Documentary and Photojournalism course in 2012, and was awarded the ICP’s Director Fellowship during his studies.
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 social landscape. He is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post and a stock contributing photographer to Redux Pictures of New York. His works has been published on Bloomberg Businessweek, International New York Times, Time Lightbox and GQ Korea among others. He is also a member of Instagram feed @everydayasia.
Woong-jae was awarded Hillman Foundation Fellowship in 2014 for his project on immigrant caregivers, and participated in Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII.