Jimmy Chin’s passion for exploration and photography has taken him on break-through expeditions around the world. Jimmy has worked with some of the best adventurers, climbers, snowboarders and skiers in the world on their most challenging expeditions and shoots. Climbing, skiing and often enduring death-defying situations alongside some of the best in the industry, Jimmy shoulders the camera equipment and documents the epic stories.
Over the last 15 years, Jimmy Chin has focused on photographing and filming break-through expeditions around the globe. He works with some of the greatest adventurers, climbers, snowboarders and skiers in the world on their most challenging expeditions and shoots. Climbing, skiing and shooting alongside some of the best in the industry, Jimmy shoulders the camera equipment to document their epic stories.
Jimmy has been on The North Face Global Athlete Team for fifteen years, bridging the gap between athlete and storyteller. He is one of the few people to climb and ski Mount Everest from the summit. He has been profiled in National Geographic Magazine, VICE, Outside Magazine, People Magazine, Men’s Journal. He received the Rowell Art of Adventure award for his philanthropic work and excellence and breadth in adventure photography. National Geographic Society has awarded Jimmy multiple expedition grants and named him one of their inaugural “Emerging Explorers.”
On the other side of the lens, Jimmy has photographed for a wide variety of commercial and editorial clients. He serves as a photographer for National Geographic and has been awarded numerous honors and accolades for his work from PDN, Communication Arts, American Society of Magazine Editors, Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards. Jimmy recently shot an assignment about the Yosemite climbing culture and cutting edge of climbing which was featured as the cover story in National Geographic’s May 2011 issue.
As a director and cinematographer, Jimmy has worked on documentaries, television and commercial projects for NBC, Working Title, RSA Films, Woodshed Films, The North Face and National Geographic. Most recently, he produced and directed MERU, a feature documentary which won the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Meru will release in theaters world wide in August 2015.
Jimmy currently resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and New York City.
Other Activities/Hobbies You Enjoy: Surfing, playing the guitar, filming, photography
Favorite Destination for Your Sport: Skiing in Jackson Hole. Climbing in Yosemite and Indian Creek
Favorite Movies: Whiplash, Senna, Man on Wire
Favorite Magazine: The New Yorker
Favorite Moment in Your Sport’s History: Peter Croft soloing Astroman and the Rostrum in a day
Words to Live By: There is great power in the ability not to use it.
Three The North Face Items You Always Pack: Anamagi Jacket, Basecamp Duffel, Supernatural Jacket
Cause You’re Most Passionate About: International Campaign for Tibet / Machik
Proudest Moment in Your Career: Skiing Mount Everest / Climbing the Shark’s Fin on MERU / Winning the 2015 Sundance Audience Award
Favorite Climb: East Face of the Sharks Fin, Mount Meru. (Also my least favorite climb.)
Theme Music: Yo Yo Ma, Neil Young, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Jose Gonzales, M83, Arcade Fire
Favorite Vice at Basecamp: Gummy bears
Favorite Trail: Teton Crest Trail
Training Nutrition: Lots of steak and ice cream
Favorite Places to Travel: Home / Jackson Hole Wyoming / New York City