Michael Vince Kim was born in Los Angeles, CA to Korean parents, but relocated to Argentina at a young age. He studied Film Directing at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and holds an MA Honours in Linguistics from The University of Edinburgh. He later went on to receive an MA in Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.

His work concentrates on issues of migration and identity with a focus on the Korean diaspora in post-Soviet states and Latin America. He is the recipient of the Magnum ‘30 Under 30’ Award and the 1st prize in the People Stories category of the World Press Photo 2017 Contest.


Awards and Grants
2017    World Press Photo, Joop Swart Masterclass
2017    World Press Photo, 1st prize, People Stories
2016    Magnum Photography Awards, Student Spotlight, winner
2016    Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary, winner
2016    Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Documentary Essay Prize, finalist
2016    Viewfind Visual Storytelling Grant, winner
2015    Magnum Photos ‘30 Under 30’, winner

Group Exhibitions
2017    Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India
2016    Suwon International Photo Festival, Suwon, South Korea
2015    Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2015    PRISMA Human Rights, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice, Italy
2015    Magnum Photos ‘30 Under 30’, The Photography Show, Birmingham NEC, UK

Press and Publications
An Identity In Limbo For Post-Soviet Koreans, National Geographic, USA, November 2017
Retrata la huella coreana, Diario de Yucatan, Mexico, August 2017
Aenikkaeng, Sajin Yesul, South Korea, April 2017
Ibangin dongpoui jibeul chajda, Hankyore 21, South Korea, March 2017
The Forgotten History of the Koreans of Mexico and Cuba, Feature Shoot, USA, February 2017
The Koreans of Kazakhstan, PDN Emerging Photographer, USA, June 2016
Last Words: Q&A with Michael Vince Kim, Roads & Kingdoms, USA, June 2016
Coréennes au Kazakhstan6Mois, France, May 2016
The ethnic Korean community of Kazakhstan, Photographic Museum of Humanity, Argentina, January 2016
Eoneoreul ttaragan hanguginui gwageowa hyeonjae, PhotoDot, South Korea, August 2015
Class of 2015: Meet The Graduates, British Journal of Photography, UK, July 2015