Michael Vince Kim is a photographer based in Buenos Aires and London.

During his final year studying linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, his interest in Koryo-mar (a Korean dialect spoken by ethnic Koreans in the former Soviet Union) took him to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, where he documented the language and lives of the descendants of Koreans who had been deported there from the Russian Far East in 1937.

He continued working on issues of diaspora and identity with a photo essay titled Aenikkaeng (2016), which told the story of Koreans who, in 1905, were deceived into indentured servitude in Mexico.

He is a recipient of the Magnum “30 Under 30” Award, the Royal Photographic Society’s Postgraduate Bursary, and the Magnum Graduate Photographers Award. In 2017, he won first prize in the People Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest and was selected to take part in the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.

His work has been exhibited internationally and published in National Geographic, The Guardian, and Le Monde among others.

Awards and Grants

2017 — World Press Photo, 1st prize, People Stories

2017 — World Press Photo, Joop Swart Masterclass

2017 — Magenta Foundation Flash Forward

2017 — Magnum Graduate Photographers Award

2016 — Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary

2016 — Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Documentary Essay Prize, finalist

2015 — Magnum Photos ‘30 Under 30’


2019 — The Displaced, BMW Photo Space, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, South Korea

2019 — Korean Migration, The Long Walk, Odessa Photo Days, Odessa, Ukraine

2017 — Far From Distant Shores, Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India

2016 — The Koreans of Kazakhstan, Suwon International Photo Festival, Suwon, South Korea

2015 — The Koreans of Kazakhstan, 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

Far from Distant Shores: Identity Limbo in the Korean Diaspora, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 29, December 2018

Aenikkaeng, Tank Magazine, October 2018

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 Kazakhstan, 6Mois, 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