Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist who has covered some of the biggest international stories in the last 30 years. The more memorable include; Somalia in 1992, the Rwandan Genocide 1994 and the resulting refugee crisis in 1996, South African elections of 1994, the fall of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1998, the war in Kosovo in 1999, the Iraq War in 2003, Afghanistan 2001 and 2005, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She is most proud of her documentation of the lives of former South Korean Comfort Women in 1996, who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during its occupation of Korea during World War II. Her most recent project is Occupy Wall Street.
She has covered many in-depth issue-driven stories where intimate storytelling, and giving a voice to her subjects through her lens remains her primary objective. She started her photojournalism career at The Patriot Ledger, a small newspaper in Quincy Massachusetts in 1984, and then went on to become a staff photographer for the Boston Globe in 1987. She was a full member of Contact Press Images from 1995 to 2008. She continues to work closely with Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director of Contact Press Images on projects.
Her professional accolades include numerous World Press Photo awards and Poyi awards including Magazine Photographer of the Year (one of two woman to receive it), The Olivier Rebbot and The John Faber Awards from the Overseas Press Club, Visa D'Or for News from the Visa Pour L'image Festival in France, many recognitions from the White House Press Photographers, Boston Press Photographers Association and Communication in Arts and Society for News Design. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University and also served as a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference at Harvard University. In 1992, she was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Somalia and in 2012 recipient of the United Nations' Leadership Award in the field of photography by The International Photographic Council. In addition she has been on the faculty of the World Press Photo, Eddie Adams and Missouri Photo Workshops.
She has also worked on extensive magazine commissioned assignments. She has been published in Time, Newsweek, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, LIFE, Forbes, Fortune, The Independent (London), Sports Illustrated, Texas Monthly, and Golf Magazine, People Magazine, and Vogue.