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 trained as commercial illustrator, but I 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 changed me forever.

It was then I knew I wanted to be a photographer and to continue to travel the world. 


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 / Edible Ottawa / Random House / Canadian Runner / CBC / Rogers / The Drake Hotel / Bay Of Quinte Tourism / Prince Edward County Tourism / Norman Hardie Winery / Hinterland Winery / Yorkshire Farms / CBMI / CIDA / Ontario Trillium Foundation / Canadian Food Grain Bank / CAA / Brookfield Properties