Michael Vince Kim


Michael Vince Kim’s work focuses on the state of cultural limbo caused by migration and displacement.

While 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.

Michael Vince Kim