Yunya Yin – MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Yunya is a freelance photographer from China who graduated in 2016. Read more about Yunya's time at LCC on the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course.

How would you describe your practice?

From my experience photography is a way of creation. It's a complex process, not only working with camera but also related to multiple mediums. It’s hard to say that a photograph can be trusted; my practice looks for the balance between reality and imagination.

Work by Yunya Yin, Imaginary Adolescence
Photography by Yunya Yin
Image © Yunya Yin


What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?

I studied MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography and graduated in 2016. 

Where are you from in the world?

I'm from a small town located in southwest China. 

Work by Yunya Yin, Trans Siberian Railway
Photography by Yunya Yin
Image © Yunya Yin


Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?

I did a lot of research about UK photography-related courses and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography was an attractive choice. I also noticed that the most contemporary photographic work has been created by LCC graduates.

What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?

Self-definition when I start a process of creation.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

Developing films, talking with my tutors and classmates.

How has the course helped you be where you are today?

It's given me theory and knowledge I need to support my work.

Photography by Yunya Yin, Imaginary Adolescence
Photography by Yunya Yin
Image © Yunya Yin


What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Challenge, change, creative.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Try to accept and develop the other aspects of you.

Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?

I'm currently freelancing and my work is related to photography and artistic education.

Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?

My work combines all elements of photography and therefore I don't have a typical style or goal. 

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

Human, imagination and the colour blue. 

If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on?

Preferably a client who is an art collector and collector of magazines.

What drives you to succeed?

Passion and education.

Where in London do you (or did you used to) go when you need a little inspiration?

Natural places like national parks, forests and occasionally some exhibitions.

What are your future plans and ambitions?

Try to work with more fields of media and materials!


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