Chicago, IL, USA
Soohyun Kim (b. Busan 1979) is a photographer who researches the catalyzing potential of art for social change. In his role as Assistant Director at the National Photographers Association of Korea (2005-2010), he traveled to remote villages, working with families to preserve their photographs, document their homes and take portraits for use in daily life. He plays a similar role in Tamms Year 10 campaign, photographing members, their domestic spaces and campaign events. He is currently working with the Fight for Fifteen campaign to raise the minimum wage. Kim has MFA from Hongik University in 2010 and a second MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago.
2017 - Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship 18, 2016 - The CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography, 2015 - ArtPrize Seven, 2015 - SPE Award for Innovations in Imaging, 2015 - ICAHA, 2015 - Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award, 2013 - 1212 Gallery Portrait Photography Exhibition Award, 2012 - The Photo Review Competition
This series of portraits, each of an immigrant family, uses traditional photo-studio techniques to signify the subjects' pride in their cultural heritage and communities, but also to signify the hopes they have for their lives in America.
Tamms Year Ten Family Room
The gallery room for the exhibition “Tamms Year Ten Family Room” at Proximity of Consciousness, a group show of socially engaged artists curated by Mary Jane Jacob and exhibited at the Sullivan Galleries September 19—December 20, 2014.
Collaboration with Laurie Jo Reynolds and Tamms Year Ten