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1991, San Francisco, CA
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley

Andrew Kung (born 1991, San Francisco) is an American photographer based in New York.[1][2][3].

Life and early career

Born in San Francisco, Andrew Kung attended UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business[3] as an undergraduate before working at LinkedIn[3] in his first job out of college[4][5]. A self taught photographer, Andrew first started making pictures with his iPhone in his last year of school, using the landscapes of San Francisco as his first subject[4][5][6].

Years after working in Silicon Valley, Andrew decided to move to New York, pursuing photography as a full-time profession in 2016[4][5]. While he first started working commercially, Andrew began discovering his voice as a fine artist, exploring themes of race, identity, belonging, and masculinity in his long form projects[7][8][9].


Mississippi Delta Chinese (2017) was Andrew's first body of work, photographed in collaboration with Emanuel Hahn, that documented a small, diverse group of Chinese Americans who grew up and currently reside along the Delta[10][11][12]. The piece was first published by The New York Times[13] - and subsequently by Huffington Post[14] and Voice of America[15] - giving visibility to the stories and experiences of Asian Americans in the deep South.

The All-American (2018-2022), explored the mythologized all-American figure and the hierarchical tenets of hegemonic masculinity[16][2]; through an examination of intimate spaces, Andrew constructed scenes inspired by his adolescent and adult experiences[17][18]. The project resulted in an opinion piece for CNN[19], among other features in Dazed[20], i-D[21], Paper Magazine[22], Ignant[23], and It's Nice That[24]

Dreaming on the Hudson (2022-present) is an ongoing project examining Asian American men in the natural world, using nature - specifically the Hudson River Valley - as a vehicle of escape and rebellion against American imaginations of masculinity and stewardship[25].

In years between, Andrew worked on a number of smaller concepts and projects that have been featured across CNN[26], Vogue[27], i-D[28], NOWNESS[29], AnOther[30], and Creative Review[31].

Outside of Andrew's personal work, he has photographed editorially for magazines like Atmos.[32], The New Yorker[33], L'Officiel, Paper Magazine[34], and Metal Magazine; his commercial clientele include Beats by Dre, Glossier, among others[3]



LensCulture - Critics Choice Award: Winner[25]

Der Greif - Guest Room, Bindi Vora: Selected Artist[35]; Guest Room, Marina Paulenka: Selected Artist[36]

AI-AP - American Photography 39: CHOSEN Winner[37]


PhotoVogue - The 100 Next Great Fashion Image Makers: Selected Artist[38]

LensCulture - Summer Open: Top 20 Winner[39]

Photolucida - Critical Mass: Top 50 Winner[40]

Maine Media - Arnold Newman Prize: Top 3 Finalist[41]

The One Club for Creativity - COLORFUL: Winner[42]

Communication Arts - Photography Annual: Winner[43]


The One Club for Creativity - Young Guns 19: Finalist[44]

Adobe - Creative Residency Community Fund: Recipient[45]

Adobe - Rising Stars of Photography: Selected Artist[46]



LensCulture New Discoveries in Contemporary Photography, Somerset House, London, UK, May 10-14 2023[47]

Imminent Existence - Critical Mass Top 50, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, March 30 - June 4, 2023[48]

Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, October 2022[49]

Artist Talks

Griffin Museum of Photography: Arnold Newman Prize Winners[50]

ABC News Live: Racism’s Impact on Asian American Men[51]

Domestika: Narrative Photography - Tell A Community’s Story[52]

Skillshare: Narrative Photography - Tell A Captivating Story Through Your Images[53]


  1. "Andrew Kung".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Andrew Kung: The All-American Man is Asian, strong and tender". November 8, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Finding Serendipity".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Andrew Kung". 10 May 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Creative Leap: Meet Self-Taught Photographer Andrew Kung | Skillshare Blog".
  6. "Andrew Kung Makes Simple Yet Timelessly Beautiful Photos". 27 May 2022.
  7. "6 AAPI Artists Reflect on the Spike in Anti-Asian Violence". 30 March 2021.
  8. "'I am not your scapegoat': See the art created by Asian Americans in a year of anti-Asian hate". NBC News. 27 December 2021.
  9. "Andrew Kung: Photographing the Asian American Narrative". 6 May 2022.
  10. "Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn - Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn have documented a community of Chinese-Americans in the birthplace of the blues. Their audiovisual story was first showcased on the New York Times".
  11. "Artists-in-Residence Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn: Shining Light Through Stories".
  12. "Into the South — Connecting with the Mississippi Delta Chinese".
  13. Estrin, James (13 March 2018). "Neither Black nor White in the Mississippi Delta". The New York Times.
  14. "Mississippi Delta Chinese-Americans Challenge Idea of Monolithic Asian America". 9 May 2018.
  15. "Chinese of the Mississippi Delta - an Audiovisual Journey". 23 March 2018.
  16. "Andrew Kung's 'The All-American' Proves You Don't Have to Fight to be a Man - Character Media". 18 September 2019.
  17. ""We are here, we have different stories."".
  18. "'Attractive for an Asian man': Photographer reframes Asian American masculinity". 11 June 2021.
  19. "The desexualization of the Asian American male". CNN. 3 March 2020.
  20. "Andrew Kung is taking beautiful, intimate portraits of Asian-American men". 3 September 2019.
  21. "These striking portraits of Asian men explore what it means to be 'The All American'".
  22. "Photographer Andrew Kung Explores Asian Masculinity in 'The All-American' - PAPER Magazine".
  23. "Andrew Kung's Photography Explores the Nuances of Asian-American Masculinity". 4 November 2019.
  24. "Andrew Kung's photography series challenges the stereotypes of Asian American men".
  25. 25.0 25.1 "WINNERS—LensCulture Critics' Choice 2023". LensCulture.
  26. "'Perpetual foreigner': Photos explore Asian American belonging in everyday spaces". CNN. 27 May 2021.
  27. "Perpetual Foreigner". 20 July 2021.
  28. "Photos by Andrew Kung celebrating Asian American pride".
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  30. "This Powerful New Photo Series Reflects on the Asian American Experience". 11 August 2021.
  31. "Perpetual Foreigner reflects on the Asian American experience". 6 September 2021.
  32. "Dreaming of the Hudson: Asian Americans and the All-American Landscape". 4 May 2023.
  33. Luo, Michael (17 February 2022). "What Min Jin Lee Wants Us to See". The New Yorker.
  34. "Exploring the Resilience of Asian Americans - PAPER Magazine".
  35. "Bindi Vora". 11 May 2023.
  36. "Marina Paulenka". 15 June 2023.
  37. "AI-AP Slideshow".
  38. "Meet the PhotoVogue Fashion 100!". 2 August 2022.
  39. "WINNERS—LensCulture Summer Open 2022".
  40. "Top 50 - Photolucida". 29 January 2014.
  41. "2022 Arnold Newman Prize Winners".
  42. "COLORFUL 2022 | Andrew Kung".
  43. "The All-American II".
  44. "The One Club Announces Global Finalists for Young Guns 19".
  45. "Perpetual Foreigner | Adobe Creative Residency". July 2021.
  46. "Introducing the 2021 Adobe Rising Stars of photography".
  47. "LensCulture Exhibition at Photo London 2023".
  48. "IMMINENT EXISTENCE: Critical Mass 2022 Top 50 - Photographic Center Northwest". February 2, 2023.
  49. "2022 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture".
  50. "Arnold Newman Prize | Arnold Newman".
  51. "Video Racism's impact on Asian American men". ABC News.
  52. "Online course - Narrative Photography: Tell a Community's Story (Andrew Kung)".
  53. "Narrative Photography: Tell A Captivating Story Through Your Images | Andrew Kung | Skillshare".

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