"Tommy Kha is a photographer whose unflinching self-exploration and uses it to make a sharp reflection of our cultural undercurrent. Exploring themes of immigration, sexuality, humor and humanity, Kha will be showing a collage of his images as they are literally mounted on top of one another creating a new perception of the dimensions of photography."

-LMAKgallery’s Summer Long Never Fades group exhibition

All works courtesy of LMAKgallery and the artist


Constellations (VIII)

Archival inkjet print on Vinyl
48” x 60” in (image)
Exhibition Print

All works courtesy of LMAKgallery and the artist

Headtown (V)

Digital C-Type
16” x 20” in. (image)
Exhibition Print

All works courtesy of LMAKgallery and the artist

Headtown (VI)

Digital C-Type
20” x 16” in. (image)
Exhibition Print

All works courtesy of LMAKgallery and the artist


Assembly (I)

Digital C-Type
16” x 20” in (image)
Ed. of 5

All works courtesy of LMAKgallery and the artist


From the artist:

"Through the framework of self-portraiture, the snapshot aesthetic, and performance, my work plays with themes of likeness and image. I’m interested in representation of Otherness, and how Western media and art histories inform how Othered bodies are perceived through photography. In thinking of imaging and depiction, I’m also interested in the parallels and dissimilarities between our physical body and the photographed self, in the shadow territories between the two.At the forefront of my picture making is the exploration of the intersections of sexuality, race, and regional identity. I often use my body as the site of conflicting narratives. I subvert photographic histories of otherness and their hierarchy of depictions. By giving my representation agency, I confuse my position of power. In my practice, I shift between humor and pathos, familiarity and foreignness, performer and camera operator, author and director." 

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2013 MFA Photography, Yale University

2011 BFA in Photography, Memphis College of Art

Solo Exhibitions

2019 LMAK Gallery, New York, NY

2019 Insensitive Flesh, Baxter Street at Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

2018 I’m Only Here to Leave. Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Two Person Exhibitions

2019 (Forthcoming) Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden, with Meena Hasan. Launch F18. New York, NY

2018 Summer, Some Aren’t, with Jack Pierson. Teen Party, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Wanted to be a... with Park Deok Sun – curated by Darja Lin. Yongkang Lu Art, Shanghai, China

Select Group Exhibitions

2018 Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South – Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

2018 New Southern Photography – curated by Richard McCabe. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

2018 Federal Project 2 – Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

2018 Love in the time of... – presented by de Sarthe/Wang Xin, The Gallery at The Armory Show, New York, NY

2018 Today was a good day – Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY

2018 Queering Space – Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY

2017 Vice Magazine Photography Issue – White Box, New York, NY

2017 Discursive Selves – Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Art After Trump – Housing Works, New York NY

2016 High Summer – Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Mossless 4: Public/Private/Portrait – Deli Gallery, Queens, NY

2015 Video Snack 5 – Fourth Wall at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Baby, I Love You! Forms and Formulas of Love – Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2014 Race, Love, and Labor – curated by Sarah Lewis. Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY

2014 I never asked to be a role model – Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Canada

2013 Shannon/All Pictures By – Aperture Gallery, New York, NY. Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL. Green Gallery, New Haven, CT

Select Awards & Fellowships

2019 Hyères Festival Finalist

2018 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward

2016 1st Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship Award

2012 Nominated for Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship


2018 Baxter Street at Camera Club of New York Workspace Residency, New York, NY

2017 Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

2015 Light Work, Syracuse, NY

2011 Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY


2015 Essay by Jon Feinstein. A Real Imitation. Aint-Bad Editions, 15 December

Select Bibliography

2019 “Dix photographes émergents au Festival international de mode.” Fisheye Magazine. 13 February.

2019 Jon Feinstein. “Seven Photographers Bring New Energy to Self-Portraiture.” Vice. 24 January.

2019 Sarah Gilbert. “Southbound: capturing the complexities of the US southern states - in pictures.” The Guardian. 3 January.

2018 Melissa Smith. “Capturing the Complexities of the Modern South, in Photographs.” New York Times. 21 November.

2018 Kara Milstein “New Voices in Southern Photography and Where to See Them This Fall.” Time. 5 October.

2018 William Simmons. “Performing for the Camera: Postmodernism, Antimodernism, and the Performative Photograph.” Constructed:

2018 The Contemporary History of The Constructed Image in Photography Since 1990. 24 September. Print.

2018 Susan K. Thomas and William Simmons. “Signifying Queerness: Literature and Visual Arts” Living Out Loud:

2018 An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture. Routledge. 14 August. Print.

2018 Rick Moody. “Dear Rick Moody: Half My Family Knows The Truth About Me.” LitHub. 12 January.

2017 Will Matsuda. “Why Aren’t There Any Famous Asian American Photographers?” Aperture. 16 November.

2017 Jack Pierson. “Guest Curator: Jack Pierson.” Musée Magazine. 16 November. Print.

2017 Elizabeth Renstrom. “The 2017 Photography Issue.” Vice Magazine. 7 August. Print.

2017 Alexander Forbes, Alexxa Gotthardt and Scott Indrisek. “12 Artists in Summer Group Shows Who Deserve Solo Shows.” Artsy. 2 August.

2016 J.M. Martin. “New Horizons in Road Trip Photography.” Hyperallergic. 16 September.

2016 David Rosenberg. “Growing Up Gay and Asian in Memphis” Slate. 15 June.

2016 Jon Feinstein, “A Real Imitation: Justine Kurland in Conversation With Tommy Kha.” Humble Arts Foundation. 7 April.

2016 Scott Indresik, “Sex, Elvis, and Eggleston: Tommy Kha’s World.” Modern Painters. 1 April.

2014 Monique Atherton, “Guest Appearances: Tommy Kha in Conversation with Monique Atherton.” ArtFile Magazine. 11 May.

2014 Scott Indrisek. “In Favor for a ‘Law & Order: SVU’-Inspired Art Movement.” Blouin ArtInfo. 21 April.

2013 Priscilla Frank, “Artist Locks Lips with Strangers in Curious Photo Series.” Huffington Post, 6 September.

2013 David Rosenberg, “Stoically Kissing Friends and Strangers.” Slate, 4 September.

2013 Miranda July, “We Think Alone, Week 8: An Email that Includes a Picture of Art.” On the Tip of My Tongue, 19 August.


2016 Anthology: Somewhere Not Here – Group Show, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

2014 Yale Photo Instagram, Co-curator – with Maayan Strauss. Sushi Bar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY