About Hyungwon

Hyungwon Kang

photojournalist, visual storyteller

As a photojournalist for more than three decades, Hyungwon Kang has been a witness to history. Kang has worked for Reuters, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and TIME Magazine. During his tenure in journalism, Kang has served as a Photographer, Photo Editor, Front Page Photo Editor, Photo Assignment Editor, and as a Manager.
Kang who grew up in Southern California, attended Berendo Middle School in Los Angeles Koreatown, Sequoia Jr. High in Reseda, Bishop Amat Memorial High in La Puente and graduated with BA in Political Science/International Relations from UCLA.
Kang was on the staff of Los Angeles Times during theĀ 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Currently, Kang works as Senior Picture Editor at Thomson Reuters Pictures North America Desk. Duties include assigning, editing and coverage of news, sports and feature stories in the U.S. and in Canada.

The elemental nature of a photograph preserves history more reliably than any written language

"The meaning of words change over time. History gets rewritten to better reflect upon those who hold power. Both influences fog our understanding the longer we live after the event. But a photograph tells the same story twenty or a hundred years after it was taken as it did when the photojournalist pointed a camera at a human event and pressed the button."
by: Hyungwon Kang, June 29, 1989
(From the Streets to the Olympics: Korea, Democracy, and the 24th Olympiad, 1987-88)