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.


"Small businesses could run out of money before emergency federal loans arrive" - The Washington Post​​​

"The scene as voters in three states head to polls to weigh in on Biden-Sanders contest" - The Washington Post

"How Milwaukee Could Decide the Next President" - The New Yorker

"He played with Michael Jordan and drafted Grant Hill. Now he’s a small-town mayor on a mission." - The Washington Post

"Justice for All?" - Planning Magazine

"The U.S. has slashed its refugee intake. Syrians fleeing war are most affected." - The Washington Post

"'She was just really proud of it': Oak Park hair salon gives confidence to kids — and parents — in transracial families." - Chicago Tribune

"Chicago remade its 127-year-old rapid transit system. Are there lessons for Metro?" - The Washington Post

"The next money crop for farmers: Solar panels" - The Washington Post

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