Youngrae Kim is a documentary photographer based in Chicago with frequent trips around the Midwest. In his personal work, Youngrae is drawn to stories about family bonds in times of turmoil and the quiet struggles and triumphs of ordinary people. He looks for moments that are surprising in their humor or emotional intimacy, that reveal the essence of interesting and compelling characters.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Youngrae moved to America after high school and pursued photojournalism and philosophy at the University of Missouri. He worked for various daily local newspapers including MLive Muskegon Chronicle, the Columbia Missourian and The Maneater and is an alumnus of The Missouri Photo Workshop 68 in Cuba, Missouri. Most recently, Youngrae was a photojournalism fellow at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab in Chicago.