Marcus Yam is a curious and contemplative photographer living in New York City. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he is culturally and socially gray thanks to an unusual upbringing. In 2006, he left a career in aerospace engineering to pursue a photographic life.
Marcus is interested in the social issues that shape the American experience: immigration, poverty, citizenship, marginalization, provincialism and faith. He believes photography is a visceral observation to emotional and factual truths that is devoid from any written description.
Currently, Marcus is a regular contributor to The New York Times. In 2011, he was recognized for his contributions to the series "A Year At War," including his feature story, "The Home Front," which was honored by World Press Photo's first ever multimedia prize. The series itself was awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the Emmy Award in News and Documentary, the Pictures of the Year International Multimedia Award and The Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Package Award.
Recent Posts by Marcus Yam
Over six months, The New York Times examined the life and death of the professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who rose to fame as one of the sport's most feared fighters before dying at age 28. Originally published in the New York Times in December, 2011.
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