Youngrae Kim is a South Korean independent visual journalist based in Chicago. 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, Youngrae moved to America after high school and pursued photojournalism and philosophy at the University of Missouri. He is a contributor to The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, NRC Handelsblad. Youngrae was a photojournalism fellow at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab, and is a member of Diversify Photo, NPPA, AAJA and The Visual Desk—a Chicago-based editorial support group for freelance visual journalists interested in a more inclusive approach to serving communities they engage in.