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|Born||15 January 1978|
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Kid Chan's Guide to the Business of Photography|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Chén Wénjié|
|Yale Romanization||Chàhn Màhn-giht|
Kid Chan (born 15 January 1978 in Kuala Lumpur) is a wedding photojournalist, portrait and celebrity photographer from Malaysia. People photographed by Chan include Zeti Akhtar Aziz, governor of Bank Negara Malaysia; barrister Cherie Blair; actor Jackie Chan; businessman Francis Yeoh; model Elle Macpherson; and designer Jimmy Choo.
Life and career
Raised in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, Chan attended the Sri Cempaka school before pursuing a degree in international business from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He began his working life in the corporate world before taking up photography. After two years as an executive assistant, Chan became burnt out and decided to take up an apprenticeship at a photography studio under TS Lim of Studio 88.
Originally concentrating on corporate photography, Chan agreed to take photographs of his clients' children's weddings. He has since photographed many royalty, politicians, artists and celebrities.
Chan has photographed numerous celebrities, and was the sole photographer for the weddings of Paula Malai Ali and Tengku Kudin, and Siti Nurhaliza and Khalid Jiwa. He was also the official photographer for the royal wedding of Tengku Aslahuddin Jaa'far and Sofia Erica Lane, and these photos were used in an cover story in Harper's Bazaar. Other people he has photographed include Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Cherie Blair, Jackie Chan, Elle Macpherson, Jimmy Choo,[third-party source needed] and Francis Yeoh for the cover of Millionaireasia,[third-party source needed]
In a photography competition organised by the History Channel in 2009, the grand prize was a photography session worth RM10,000 with Chan. In 2010, his collection of images of three cancer survivors and their families was exhibited in 50 Courts Malaysia's stores nationwide, as part of an exhibition to raise funds for the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) through its "Hope for Our Children" campaign. In the same year, he photographed the shooting of Britain's Next Top Model Cycle 6 in episode 11, which was filmed in Kuala Lumpur. In 2011, Chan was a judge for the Malaysia's Online Fashion Entrepreneurs' Weekend (MOFEW), together with Amber Chia. In 2012, he was appointed ambassador for MenCare (an initiative that aims to educate men on breast cancer and how it affects families as well as to gather men's support for breastcare health of their spouses and female members of their families).
Chan was the first Malaysian to be accepted as a member of the US based Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), and was named by Malaysian TatlerTatler as "one of the 100 people you must know in Asia" in 2006. In the same year, Le Prestige magazine named him in their "Top 40 under 40" list. The media often refers to him as "one of Malaysia's most sought-after wedding photographers".
In 2008, Tiger Tales, the official magazine of Tiger Airways, named him in their "annual list of trail-blazers across Asia and Australia". In the same year, he was named as one of Malaysia's most influential youth entrepreneurs under 30 by Youth Entrepreneur. In 2011, Glam, a Malaysian magazine, listed Chan as the only photographer in their top choice for luxury wedding vendors,[vague] citing knowledge of Malay wedding culture and protocol. In 2012, he was the only Asian photographer to be listed in Conde Nast's Brides UK's "Top 20 Extremely Talented Destination Wedding Photographers in the World" feature.
Chan has been featured in Harper's Bazaar,[third-party source needed] The Edge, the New Straits Times, Persona Pengantin, Harian Metro, and Prestige magazine. Chan was also featured in the inaugural Malaysia edition of August Man magazine.
In 2009, he was a guest speaker for the 1Malaysia Entrepreneurship Month, which was organised by Sunway University College in collaboration with the Higher Education Ministry. In 2010, together with director Yasmin Ahmad, Chan was a speaker at TEDxKualaLumpur.
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