Photographer, writer, amateur historian, roustabout, bon vivant, and insomniac.

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Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Central Asia, and Ukraine, as well as extensively in the United States. He has been a contributing photographer to The New York Times, Newsweek, contrib...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Photographer for NY weekly newspapers Our Town and The Manhattan Spirit.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. Own two.

How is social media changing news?

More readers, less money, more work, less time.