Laurence Tan is a photojournalist currently pursuing an M.A. degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, concentrating on politics. He began his career at an independent production house in New York City before joining the Reuters global picture desk in Singapore and later moved to the International New York Times in Hong Kong, where he commissioned photographers across Asia to cover features and enterprise stories. Shortly after Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” in 2014, Laurence joined Getty Images, where he managed a team of local and international photographers across the Asia Pacific, focusing on news and editorial content.
He was awarded Picture Editor of the Year during the Lucie Awards for the coverage on the Rohingya refugee crisis and a jury member at the 2018 World Press Photo contest in the news and documentary category. Laurence was a committee member at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club photo exhibition space and is a nominator for World Press Photo’s 6 x 6 Global Talent Program and Joop Swart Masterclass, which hopes to highlight talent from around the world and present stories with diverse perspectives. He is currently based in New York City.