Photographer Interviews

Sim Chi Yin: A Case Study in Intervening in a Story

July 17, 2017

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Sim Chi Yin/VII

He Quangui, a former gold miner suffering from silicosis, and his wife. Photographer Sim Chi Yin helped He get treatment at a critical moment. “If you are in a position to be able to bring about change in one person’s life and you don’t, it’s unconscionable,” Sim says.

Singapore-born, Beijing-based photographer Sim Chi Yin spent four years documenting the life and slow death of He Quangui, a former gold miner afflicted with the lung disease silicosis, and his wife, Mi Shixiu. Sim’s photos were published in the U.S. and after her video “Dying to Breathe” was published on a web portal in China, it helped raise about $16,000...

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