Dustin Shum was born and currently lives in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Photographic Design. A photojournalist for more than ten years, he now works as an independent photographer. Shum has received many awards for outstanding documentary photography over the years, including those by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association, World Association of Newspapers and Publishers, and Amnesty International.
In his work, Shum focuses on the relationship between individuals and urban spaces, the living conditions of local disadvantaged groups, and the transformation of Chinese cities and towns in rapidly developing economy. His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows locally and internationally. Solo exhibitions held include “Alias: Xianggang” (2003) ,“Photogenic Olympians” (2009) and “Blocks” (2011). Shum has published several catalogues including Live Alone a Life: People with Mental Illness (SoCO, 2007), Themeless Parks: Photographs by Dustin Shum (Hulu Concepts, 2008) (Featured in The Chinese Photobook. Edited by Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren), Life and Times (SoCO, 2014) and BLOCKS (Inertia Books, 2014).
He also participated in many local and international joint exhibitions including Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial (2010), City Flâneur: Social Documentary Photography (2010)，Pingyao International photography Festival (2008 & 2011), “Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea” (2009, organized by SFMoMA) , Savignano SI Fest (2010) and Asolo Art Film Festival (2011) in Italy and “Experience of Space” in Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia (2014) etc. His works have been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and private collectors.
In Jan 2013 he co-founded The Salt Yard, an independent, artist-run exhibition space dedicated to photography, where he curated a number of exhibitions by overseas and local photographers.
岑允逸多年來的創作主要探討個人與都市生活空間的關係，本地弱勢社群的生存狀態，以及當代中國在經濟急遽發展下的城鎮面貌。他曾舉辦多個個人的主題展覽包括「別名：Xianggang」(2003)、「奧運健兒寫真」(2009)及「某座」（2011），曾出版攝影集包括《一人生活》(2007)及《係‧唔係樂園》(2008)、《活一生人》及《某座》（2014）等，《係‧唔係樂園》一書曾被收錄於由Martin Parr及 WassinkLundgren篇著的《The Chinese Photobook》一書中。
岑也曾參與過眾多本地及國際的攝影節及聯展，包括影像香港(2008)、香港當代藝術雙年獎（2010）、城市漫遊者─社會紀實攝影（2010）、平遙國際攝影節(2008及2011)、三藩市現代美術館主辦的「Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea」（2009），意大利的Savignano SI Fest（2010）及Asolo Art Film Festival (2011) 、塞爾維亞 Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina的「Eperience of Space」展覽 (2014) 等。其作品為美國三藩市現代美術館、香港文化博物館及私人收藏。