Category: dougKIM photography

This is one of those shots that when I saw the proof sheet, it was exactly how I visualized the image when i took it on the street. Film’s delayed visual response means continual surprises, good and bad, which is such a vital part of the process.

Cartier-Bresson said that his proof sheets contain such garbage that he would not show them to anyone. Ansel Adams would speak of finishing the day’s work, carrying his gear back to his car on a four hour hike, wondering if he managed to get anything.

It is an image that does not get a very big response from people that have seen it, yet it remains a favorite.

Galway, Ireland, Nikon F5, 35-70mm, Tri-X

Galway, Ireland, Nikon F5, 35-70mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Talladega Infield Party

250,000 people, boiled peanuts, off-duty strippers, fathers begging daughters to show strange men their boobs to get a free shot of bourbon.

Welcome to the Talladega Infield Party.

Oh, and there was a race.


a legion of off-duty strippers © Doug Kim


these guys were pointing at a 59 year old woman whom they convinced to do her first beer bong. it did not stay down for long © Doug Kim


every row was tit row, every pit tit pit © Doug Kim


i can still smell this guy's breath, like a Southern Comfort and sweet tea breeze © Doug Kim


the two things outsiders don't know about NASCAR races: it is largely a family event and it takes a lot of money to attend © Doug Kim


a moveable debauch © Doug Kim


you have no idea how smart these guys are © Doug Kim


you can make such friends in Talladega © Doug Kim

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-x.

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Matt Umanov Guitars

Matt Umanov Guitars on Bleeker has nothing to offer for classical or flamenco players, but I still like to stop by and browse. This particular visit a customer had brought in a Dobro to sell. It was heavily corroded, had a beautiful green patina and a great Dobro voice.

Matt Umanov Guitars, Leica, Kodak Tri-X

Zeke, Matt Umanov Guitars, Leica M6 TTL, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

African White-backed Vultures

Seeing White-backed Vultures in the wild at Kruger National Park is a wholly different thing from seeing turkey vultures by the side of the road, picking at some road kill. These vultures are massive beasts, almost twice the size of the turkey vulture. Like every clichéd rendering of them, they hang out only in leafless dead trees because of their large wing span.

They are some graceful and spooky motherfuckers.




Shanghai | Fuzhou Road

As a street shooter, there are times when you are handed a gift, a situation where it’s fish in a barrel and you have been carrying a loaded shotgun all day. This image is from Shanghai on Fuzhou Road a few blocks away from The Bund. It was morning rush hour and my friend Robb had just crossed the street. The light was red so I just stood in the crosswalk and took my time composing and metering the shot because this great line up could not go anywhere.

If you click on the image to view the larger version, you can see the unhappy mugs in the center who were none too pleased to have me take their photo.

fuzhou road, shanghai, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm sumicron, Tri-x

Fuzhou Road, Shanghai, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm sumicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


From Merriam-Webster:

Soi·gnée, adj. Etymology: French, from past participle of soigner to take care of

1 : well-groomed, sleek
2 : elegantly maintained or designed

betsy stockwell in vera wang; Nikon D300, 80-200mm

Betsy Stockwell in Vera Wang; Nikon D300, 80-200mm © Doug Kim

David Lynch, the Cop, the Cow, the Cow’s Handler, and the Keyboardist

I lived a block away from the old Tower Records on Sunset Blvd where this was taken.

Sometimes the really LA part of LA would collected in some slow moving eddy away from the faster, cleaner currents, curdling and fermenting to the point where shit like this would emerge. It is not a great shot, but I’m still convinced that God made film for moments like these.

david lynch, et al, Leica M6 TTL, 50mm sumicron

David Lynch, et al, Leica M6 TTL, 50mm summicron, Agfa APX 400 © Doug Kim