Youngrae Kim is a South Korean independent visual journalist based in Chicago. He recently finished a fall photo internship at the Chicago Tribune, where he focused on coverage of the presidential election, civil unrest and the effects of COVID-19 in daily life.
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 and that reveal the hope and resilience of humanity.
Born and raised in Seoul, Youngrae moved to America after high school and pursued photojournalism and philosophy at the University of Missouri. Previously, 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.