About me

Hey there, I'm Johnny. 

C.Y. are the initials of my Chinese name Chung Yin (中 賢).

My love for telling stories with pictures is fuelled by my passion for people, travel and food. 

On my 12th birthday, my mother bought me a plastic point & shoot camera. It was the most magical present. Most of my photos then were of friends and family, and my childhood adventures growing up in Hong Kong. 

My family moved to Canada a few years later and I went to school to become an illustrator but never formally studied photography.

Shortly after college, I moved to Germany and started travelling extensively. I hitched hiked from Berlin to Morocco and slept under the open sky in the Spanish Pyrenees. The 3 year journey took me to over 40 countries and the experience led me to become the photographer I am today.

I love to cook, mostly seafood; some of my specialties are slow cooked octopus, cilantro and garlic shrimps, steamed clams. I also make a mean old fashioned and a zappy dark and stormy. 


Get in touch

info@johnnycylam.com

416-893-3974

Available for assignments worldwide. 


Client list

Food & Drink / Food & Wine / Food Network Canada / House & Home / Toronto Life / The Globe & Mail / Time Asia / GEO / Vice / Penguin  Random House Canada / Edible Ottawa & Toronto / Canadian Runner / CBC / Rogers / The Drake Hotel / Bay Of Quinte Tourism / Prince Edward County Tourism / Hasting County Tourism / Norman Hardie Winery / Hinterland Winery / Yorkshire Farms / CBMI / CIDA / Ontario Trillium Foundation / Canadian Food Grain Bank / CAA / Brookfield Properties