Adam Chin is a fine art photographer who spent a career as a computer graphics artist for TV and film. He was one of the original employees of Pacific Data Images, a pioneering computer graphics studio which later became part of Dreamworks Animation. Adam did computer graphics lighting on the Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda series of animated feature films.

Adam practices traditional b&w fine art photography on 35mm and medium format film. He cites André Kertész and Robert Frank as being the artists who inspired him to begin photographing in the early 1980's. Due to the demands of his professional work, he took a long hiatus from photography in the late 1980's and only resumed photography in 2008. At that time he was assisting in the care of his elderly uncle, the photographer Benjamen Chinn (1921-2009). Benjamen Chinn was a student of Ansel Adams and Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in the post-war era. It was through caring for Benjamen that inspired Adam to begin photographing again.

Front and Profile represents the first time that Adam's computer graphics work has crossed over into his fine art photography. He feels the computer graphics imagery in Front and Profile has risen in its expressive quality because the imagery is derived directly from the real mugshot photos. "I always felt that fine art photography and computer graphics lived in separate worlds. But now with the rise of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, I can envision bridges being built across that divide."

Adam studied photography and printmaking under Barry Umstead at Rayko Photography in San Francisco.

From 1995-2000, he 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.

See for some of Adam's history in computer graphics.