Michael Vince's Stories


The Koreans of Kazakhstan

Daily Life, Social Issues, Documentary

THE KOREANS OF KAZAKHSTAN tells the story of 180,000 Koreans who had settled in the Russian Far East to escape famine, poverty, and Japanese colonial oppression between the 1860s and 1937, when they were forcefully deported to Central Asia under Stalin’s ethnic cleansing.

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Daily Life, Social Issues, Documentary

Taking from stories told by the descendants of Korean henequen workers in Mexico and Cuba, this project aims to provide a poetic account of their memories.

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About Michael Vince


Michael Vince Kim is a Korean-American-Argentinean photographer whose work focuses on migration, language, and identity. He was raised in Argentina, where he studied Film Directing at Fundacion Universidad del Cine, and holds an MA Honours in Linguistics from The University of Edinburgh and an MA in Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.

He is the recipient of the Magnum ‘30 Under 30’ Award, the RPS Postgraduate Bursary, and the Magnum Photography Awards Student Spotlight. In 2017, he was awarded the 1st prize in the People Stories category of the World Press Photo Awards.

Based in South Korea

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Current Location: South Korea



  • World Press Photo, 1st prize People Stories


  • Magnum Photography Awards, Student Spotlight
  • Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary
  • Viewfind Visual Storytelling Grant


  • Magnum Photos ‘30 Under 30’