Born in Taiwan and Florida-raised, Chien-min Chung moved to California in the mid-1990s to work as a web designer in Silicon Valley. After two years he left for Beijing in 1998, working as a full-time stringer for the Associated Press covering events in the greater China region.
In 2002, Chien-min became a freelancer and traveled to Afghanistan, shooting a photo essay on child labor. Afterwards, he returned to Beijing and continues to document China's emergence into the world economy. His awards include 2001 World Press Photo (honorable mention for spot news stories), 2002 Communication Arts Photo Annual 43 (Afghan Child Labor) and 2003 POY, Magazine Issues Reporting Picture Story, Award of Excellence (Afghan Child Labor). He is currently back in Beijing, freelancing for various magazines and working on photo essays in Asia.
Chien-min Chung's website photo-essay on Mongolian Contortionists is today's feature on TTP, and he also has excellent work on Afghan Child Labor on the The Digital Journalist website.
Here's Chien-min's slideshow on Mongolian Contortionists
Here's Chien-min's gallery on Afghan Child Labor.