Born in Osaka, Japan, at 19 he emigrated to Canada to study Photography, Illustration and Cinema at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. He began his career as a Fine Art Photographer, supplementing it as a Lecturer in the Fine Arts Department of Toronto’s York University. From 1980 – 1986, he narrowed his focus, specializing as a Freelance Stills Photographer for feature film production in Canada, U.S.A., Spain and Austria. In 1986 he began his extraordinarily successful advertising photography studio, Sugino & Associates. He pioneered digital shooting and imaging in Toronto in 1995. Beyond fine art and commercial photography, he has expanded his repertoire to include directing live action TV commercials.
Shin has won countless awards internationally. He has claimed advertising gold at Cannes in 1998 and 2002. Other acclaim has come from The One Show, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Photo District News, Communication Arts and Luerzer’s Archive. His work is represented in collections of the National Film Board, National Archives, Ontario Arts Council, Banff School of Fine Art and many private collections.
Despite the escalating demands on his time, Shin has never forsaken his personal work; the last several years have been devoted to the wet collodion process. Shin continues to teach and lecture worldwide.