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Mary is based in Austin and New York City.

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Mary Inhea Kang is a South Korean American photographer driven by a desire to understand and document the identities we construct for ourselves, which affect how we build our world. Mary was born in Icheon, South Korea and later moved to Austin, Texas. When approaching photos, Mary is inspired by her friend Shiyam Galyon’s quote, “I want to live in a world that feels moved by photos of non-white people at their best moments in life, rather than at their worst” while not ignoring the real issues that many marginalized communities face. She mentions this because dignity is often overlooked when it comes to the depiction of people of color in mainstream media. 
Appreciative of team works, Mary finds meaningfulness in collaborative efforts with the people she photographs.

Outside of work, Mary volunteers as a board member at 
Authority Collective, a group which seeks to amplify talented and underrepresented visual storytellers in mainstream media. Please check out these incredible photographers on the Lit List.

Here are other quotes that drive her:

'When we have developed a system that functions in the true interest of the people and established it in full, then the word "work" will be redefined as "meaningful play."'
- Huey P. Newton

“Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
- Leonard Cohen

“If Mama Nature teaches us nothing else, she teaches us that diversity is absolutely necessary for survival. Now, she doesn’t mean some surface diversity, but a system where every single being is doing their part, pulling their weight. A homogenous, ‘gentrified’ eco-system would quickly die. If we are committed to organizing sustainable and liberating social movements they must be diverse, pulling especially from those who are the most impacted instead of suppressing their voices or using them as props.”
- Nia Eshu Robinson
Published in:

  • 6Mois
  • AARP
  • Asia Tatler Magazine
  • Billboard
  • CNN Photos
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • The FADER
  • INC Magazine
  • The Intercept
  • Juxtapoz Magazine
  • Level Music
  • Man Repeller
  • Mashable
  • The New Yorker
  • The New York Times 
  • No Man’s Land by The Wing
  • The Texas Observer
  • Time Magazine
  • Vogue
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post
  • Zora by Medium

Editorial Branding:

  • About Arianne
  • Disney Theatrical Productions
  • Fuze Tea  x  Coca Cola Company 
  • Jonesy
  • Las Cruxes
  • Lenscrafters  x  AR New York
  • Maimoun NY
  • Warm Up  x  MOMA PS1
  • Uniqlo  x  Mashable

Featured Artist in:

  • Aperture Foundation
  • BRETT Magazine
  • Everyday Everywhere
  • The FADER
  • The Heavy Collective
  • Journal NYC
  • OURS Magazine
  • The Photographic Dictionary
  • Snapshot Magazine
  • Women Artists


  • Chroma NY
  • Refugee Services of Texas
  • South Asia Institute, University of London
  • South Asia Institute, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Yellow Jackets Collective

Event Clients:

  • Fader Fort 
  • Genius
  • Global Citizens Festival
  • MoMA PS1 Warm Up
  • Red Bull Music Festival

Artist Press Photo:

  • Khruangbin 
  • Dominique Fung
  • Oneohtrix Point Never


  • Pop up solo exhibition "Himalayan Children" at Lewis Carnegie hosted by Rank & File 2016 Austin
  • Group show at the Think Tank Gallery hosted by Life Framer 2015 // Los Angeles
  • Group show at the Juraplatz Art Space hosted by Life Framer 2015 // Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
  • Asian American Resource Center 2013 // Austin
  • Group show with UT chapter of the National Press Photographers Association 2010 // Austin



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