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
Retrata la huella coreana, Diario de Yucatan, Mexico, August 2017
Aenikkaeng, Sajin Yesul, South Korea, April 2017
The Koreans of Kazakhstan, PDN Emerging Photographer, USA, June 2016
Eoneoreul ttaragan hanguginui gwageowa hyeonjae, PhotoDot, South Korea, August 2015
Class of 2015: Meet The Graduates, British Journal of Photography, UK, July 2015