Jimmy Chin lives a life of art and adventure, combining a career as a National Geographic photographer, commercial director and photographer, and documentary filmmaker with his role as a longtime member of the elite North Face Athlete Team. He has collaborated with some of the most progressive athletes and explorers in the world, participating in and documenting breakthrough expeditions around the planet, from climbing notable first ascents in the Karakoram to skiing first descents in the Himalayas. He is also one of the few people to climb and ski Mount Everest from the summit.
"It's about sharing stories that inspire people, highlighting the infinite human spirit, and opening people's eyes to a different world," Jimmy says of his work. "Creating films and photographs through situations that few others could experience is my life's inspiration."
Jimmy shoots for a wide variety of commercial and editorial clients, including Roxy, Adidas, Revo, the North Face, Patagonia, Citibank, American Airlines, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, and Outside magazine. As a director and cinematographer, he has shot and directed documentaries, TV, and commercial projects for Chase, the North Face, Pirelli, National Geographic, Working Title, and RSA Films, among others.
Jimmy’s feature-length documentary, “Meru,” about three elite climbers who struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru in the Himalayas, won the audience award in the documentary category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released in theaters nationwide by Music Box Films.
Jimmy has been honored numerous time for his work by PDN, Communication Arts, and the American Society of Magazine Editors and is a recipient of the Lowell Travel Award for excellence in photojournalism and the Rowell Art of Adventure Award for his philanthropic work and excellence in adventure photography. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and New York City with his wife, Chai Vasarhalyi, and their children, Marina and James.