"It's a real privilege to be able to witness and interpret history as it unfolds and share that interpretation with a wider world."
Adam Dean's work follows current affairs and breaking news internationally, with his predominant focus to witness and interpret history as it unfolds. Through his photography and multimedia projects, he looks to share this interpretation with the wider world.
In addition to shoots for editorial clients that include The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone Magazine, Stern, Smithsonian magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine, Adam's longer term projects include Afghanistan's war and the ongoing changes across Burma.
About / Biography
Adam Dean is a freelance photographer based in Beijing, China represented by Panos Pictures.
Editorial clients include The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone Magazine, Stern, Smithsonian magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine.
In 2011 he was selected as one of PDN's 30 emerging photographers and was the recipient of The Sony Emerging Photographer Award. He has won first place prizes from Pictures of the Year International (POYI), NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Prix International de la Photographie as well as multiple awards from Days Japan Photojournalism Award, the Sony World Photography Awards, PDN Annual and The Press Photographer's Year. His work has been shown at Visa pour l'Image festival in Perpignan and exhibited worldwide.
He is also a regular lecturer on the MA International Multimedia Journalism run jointly by Bolton University and Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Commissions / Image Galleries
The Beijing subway is the second largest metro system in the world with 465 kilometres of track servicing the vast urban and suburban area of Beijing municipality. Opened in 1969, it now consists of 17 lines with more than 232 stations and an average of 9.5 million daily commuters. To accommodate the growing number of users, extensive expansion plans are set to more than double the network by 2020. As an example of state led development unconstrained by profit imperatives, Beijing's metro is a fascinating case study in how cities can try to cope with ever expanding populations and the imperative of keeping people moving. Adam Dean, a long time resident of Beijing, explored and documented Beijing's labyrinthine Subway system.
InterviewDescribe the moment you knew photography changed your lifeIt was probably when I covered the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the aftermath. I think that was when I realized the power and importance of photography to bear witness.If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?I try to be respectful and true to stories and people I am documenting.What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
It would be impossible to name one person or thing. In this sometimes crazy world I work in I have been lucky enough to meet and photograph people from so many walks of life - from heads of state and captains of industry, writers and artists, rebel generals and freedom fighters, student democracy activists and communist party cadres to thugs, goons, murderers and rapists, violent Buddhist extremists to peace loving Muslims. I hope and try to learn something from all of them.Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?I don't really have a list of things I want to photograph. I have been lucky enough to shoot assignments in North Korea and Iran, both countries that fascinate me for different reasons but which are equally hard to get press visas for and to work in. I'd love to get a chance to shoot more in either place.If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?If I was better at writing, I'd like to have been a journalist.Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors program?I think it is great that an organization is helping support photographers and enabling us to tell stories and reach a wider audience.What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment (explain why)?I'm currently testing the A7R and really enjoy having something smaller and more discreet than the DSLR cameras that I usually use. I'm also trying out the Sony RX1R.
I try, not always successfully, to travel light - less is more:
4 x Sony batteries
Notebook & pens
Newswear lens pouch
Sandisk SD cards