LEO KIM: A Photographic Journey

September 21-October 14th

A Photographic Journey
The Life and Work of Leo Kim (1946-2019)

This exhibition is an exploration of the work and life of distinguished photographer and former NDSU student, Leo Kim. As you view the gallery, you will notice Kim’s skillful ability to discover light, texture, shape, form, and movement. Kim was often intrigued by sights most people would overlook. His works have been exhibited in galleries across North Dakota, Minnesota, and Germany, and can be found in many private collections and publications, as well as an online exhibit developed by the NDSU Archives. Kim published two books, “North Dakota: Prairie Landscape” and “Saint Paul Serenity'', that include photographs of the undeniable beauty of the peaceful prairie and the calmness that can be found in a bustling diverse city. Some of these photographs can be found in this exhibit. Kim also generously shared his artistic gifts by mentoring aspiring photographers. The donation of his work to the NDSU Archives adds his important legacy to their strong photojournalism collection. 

The prints on display are all originals, created by Leo Kim himself.

This exhibition is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries and created in conjunction with NDSU Libraries. 

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October 13th, 5:30pm Central Time

More about Leo Kim: 

Leo Kim was born in 1946 and lived his early life in Hong Kong, Macao, and Austria. In his early 20s, he immigrated to the United States and came to North Dakota because of the advertised low cost of living, college tuition, and wide-open spaces. He began by freelancing and taking pictures for the NDSU student newspaper, The Spectrum, as well as design, photography, and editing for the 1971-1972 Bison Annual. He also worked for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and The Standing Rock Star in Fort Yates at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Kim later went on to spend time working and living in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area doing freelance and commercial work. By the end of his career, he had produced roughly 3,600 prints, 30,000 negatives, and 11,400 slides. Leo passed away in 2019 and is remembered to have been personable, humble, intelligent, and creative.


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