Marcus Yam is a curious and contemplative photographer currently based in New York City. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he is culturally and socially uninhibited, guided and inspired by Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.” In 2006, he left a career in Aerospace Engineering to pursue a photographic life.
Marcus is interested in social issues and the dichotomies that shape the American experience: provincialism, marginalization, poverty, capitalism, immigration, citizenship and faith. He believes photography to be a visceral observation of emotional and factual truths more compelling than 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.
Additionally in 2012, his contributions to The New York Times’ three-part multimedia series, “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer,” received the nomination for The Emmy Award and have been awarded the DART Award for Excellence in Trauma Coverage, a special citation in World Press Photo’s Multimedia Contest, the Best of Photojournalism Best Use of The Web Award and a WEBBY Award.