Mary Kang

Mary Kang is a Korean American photographer based in Austin and elsewhere. She grew up in South Korea and moved to Austin when she was 11. As she has been trying to hold onto her motherland's culture and assimilating to American culture at the same time, “in between identity" has always been stuck in her. She approaches photography as if she is organizing a frame from a disorganized view, placing the pieces into an order that tells a story.

Q. If you should describe your photography as only 3 keywords, what would you do?

Serene, Mundane, Candid.

Most of the times I tend to feel connected towards natural moments that are subtle and isolated in the midst of this fast moving world.

Q. If there are the reasons why we should take a photograph while we live, what do you say?

I see photography as reading visual rhythms in our surrounding and recording them, as a writer would take notes and write a poem or an essay. There are mysterious moments in our everyday activities that make me question what photographer Eli Reed instilled in me - “What does it mean to be a human?”

We are constantly surrounded by beauty, however we may define it, if we can only notice it, even in dark moments. It can be therapeutic to notice and take records. It means even more if this visual presentation of what you experience can make connection with a viewer. As photographer Christopher Anderson puts it, “I wanted people to feel what I felt, through a photograph.”

Q. What is the most impressive quotation on photography?

“I saw that my camera gave me a sense of connection with others that I never had before. It allowed me to enter lives, satisfying a curiosity that was always there but that was never explored before.” by Mary Ellen Mark