Adam Chin was a commercial artist for twenty-eight years. He was one of the original employees of Pacific Data Images, a pioneering computer graphics production company that became part of Dreamworks Animation. Adam spent a career working on TV commercials and doing lighting on the Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda series of animated films.

In the mid-2000’s, Adam helped care for his elderly uncle, the photographer Benjamen Chinn (1921-2009). Ben was a student of Minor White and Ansel Adams after WWII at the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), now the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008, inspired by the work of Ben and his fellow classmates at the CSFA, Adam picked up his own camera and took to the streets of San Francisco. Adam had practiced b&w street photography at an earlier age but had abandoned it due to the demands of his commercial work. Now with a renewed vigor, he began photographing at the various street fairs around the city. His work quickly narrowed in on the variegated landscape of gender and sexuality that openly unfolds in San Francisco. His street portraits focus on this display of sexuality and on the candid expression of self.

Adam practices traditional b&w darkroom photography on medium format film. He studied photography and printmaking under Barry Umstead at Rayko Photography in San Francisco.

From 1995-2000, Adam was a board member and chairperson of Intersection for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in San Francisco.

Adam has a MS in Computer Science from Stanford and a BS in Computer Science from Yale. He lives in San Francisco.