Michael Vince Kim is a photographer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Film Directing at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires before moving on to studying Linguistics at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

During his last year in university Michael became interested in Koryo-mar —a Korean dialect spoken by ethnic Koreans in the former USSR— culminating in his project Far From Distant Shores. He continued working on issues of displacement and diaspora with Aenikkaeng, about the story of a thousand Koreans who, in 1905, were deceived into indentured servitude in Mexico.

He is the 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 the 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.


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

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
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 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