CHIA Ming Chien has worked in the communications industry for over 25 years as a Photographer, Editor, Copywriter and Journalist. He is  a graduate from Murdoch University with a B.A. in Theories of Consciousness.

Courtesy of ZERO, Beijing
Courtesy of ZERO, Beijing


Professionally, I specialise in Character Portraiture, Architecture, and Events. My photographs have been published in books, international publications including National Geographic Magazine magazine*, Hello; People, and regional publications such as The Straits Times, Lianhe Zhaobao, The Business Times, Asia! Magazine, FHM Singapore, and Tiger Tales. A series of architectural photographs of iconic buildings in Singapore was presented in a two-month solo exhibition curated by Vanini Belarmino; entitled Intimate Moments 1: ICONS (2012), it was presented at the Fullerton Heritage Gallery.

In addition to professional work, I’m a FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER –  in 2015, I was one of 10 Singaporean contemporary artists exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London as part of the Prudential Singapore Eye exhibition. This series on WIRES was also exhibited at the ArtScience Museum (in a six-month group exhibition), and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in a month-long solo exhibition. My passion for jazz music led to several artistic collaborations with jazz musicians, and our multimedia work (where I contributed the photographs) was included in VIVID Sydney 2014.



Beginning in 1990, I’ve worked as a COPYWRITER and serviced clients that included Singapore Airlines, Citibank, Dow Corning, Bruno Magli, and First Capital Corporation while at an advertising agency. In 1996, I shifted focus to integrated marketing communications which combining Internet media with traditional print media. Clients included Singapore Airlines, ArtScience Museum, East Asiatic Company, Jebsen & Jessen Group, Global Refund, National Library Board, Singapore International Foundation, Seksun Group, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Arkadin, Goldbell, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, The Jewel Box, and others.

I also has extensive experience as an Editor and Features Writer.




[NOTE: All photographs, text in the articles, and blog posts are the work of Chia Ming Chien (unless otherwise specified)All material is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without written consent. Thank you.]

*December 2011, National Geographic Magazine double-page spread and lead image for a feature story. This photograph was also selected for its Photo of the Day: Best of January 2012To read the feature article online, click: National Geographic: The City Solution.


The Legendary Humble Rooster

A French story-teller extraordinaire with keen powers of observation who has traveled the planet far and wide, living in many countries along the way – from the remote island of Palawan, Philippines where she grew up, to Venice, Turkey, Egypt, USA, Myanmar, Vietnam, Morroco… even riding a hippopotamus in the Congo – had made it a point to study the habits of the Rooster. Afterall,le Coqis the national symbol of France.

It was in Singapore where she spotted – incroyable mais vrai – a humble rooster. This site has been named in honour of that extraordinary, magnificent and rare creature – the Humble Rooster.