Category: dougKIM photography
The Yangers

Stephanie and Selena are identical twins in San Francisco. When I shot them, we had grand plans for a few locations, several wardrobe changes and a couple of different looks and feels. We had so much fun in their apartment that we never even made it out. I could spend a year shooting them.

Taken with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35 summicron and Mamiya Pro II 67, and Tri-X.

Stephanie and Selena

Stephanie and Selena or Selena and Stephanie © Doug Kim


© Doug Kim


© Doug Kim

She Will Be Rad

This little girl is dropping in on the deep end of the combi bowl at Glendale. That’s a nine foot drop and the combi is slick and technical. She had just turned six years old the week before this photo was taken. I could barely skate that bowl and I never dropped in on the deep end. When she finished her runs, she could not get out of the bowl by herself; she was way too short and there was way too much vert. Her mom would lie down on the lip and hold a deck down into the bowl for her daughter to grab onto, then drag her up and out.

This picture captures her at that great moment when the weight has been shifted from the back foot to the front foot, the point of no return has been passed, the front wheels haven’t slammed down yet and its more falling than skating. The fraction of a second before this, its all anticipation, standing on top of the lip, looking down at the flat. The fraction of a second after this, its all rushing speed as you shift your feet and weight to get ready for the first pump and trick.

This was taken sometime in 2004. Hope she’s still skating because I am not.

the combi bowl at Glendale

the combi bowl, Verdugo Skate Park, Glendale © Doug Kim


Last October, I was on a working gig in South Africa. My friend Steve and I were able to visit Soweto but we could only spend a few hours there because of our schedule. Soweto is an amazing organic sprawl, a self-contained megalopolis of corrugated metal and dirt. The line between documentation and exploitation is very fine and as rich as the imagery was there, I chose to take only a few photos. I was able to speak enough Zulu to make people laugh at me which helped break the ice, but many spoke English or Afrikaans so it was easy enough to communicate.

Steve and I had a great lunch there, in one of the upscale neighborhoods in the hills: oxtail soup and pap. I can still remember sitting there looking at the empty bowl, clutching the spoon, wishing for just one more scoop.


shot with a Nikon D800 and the 80-200mm f2.8 © Doug Kim

shot with Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Tri-x

shot with Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Tri-x © Doug Kim

shot with Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Tri-x

shot with Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Tri-x © Doug Kim

shot with Nikon D300, 35-70mm

shot with Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim

Cheryl & Her Kick Ass, Cheap Ass Glasses

I met Cheryl on the set of a movie when we were both extras. I have only photographed her once before, several years ago in LA, and the camera absolutely loves her. We were both surprised to find out that the other had recently moved to New York. This photo was taken with my Nikon F5, the great 85mm f1.4 lens, and Tri-X. I do not remember where she bought her glasses, but she only paid a few bucks for them.

cheryl in chelsea

Cheryl in Chelsea © Doug Kim

One Way to Shower at NASCAR

After four days at Phoenix International Raceway for the fall NASCAR race in October 2008, John Z. decided to shower on our last morning there. Only fools would bother with the showers that were a hundred yards away.

showering with your boots on

showering with your boots on © Doug Kim

How to Take a Photo When You Drop Your Leica

I was killing time a few weeks ago in the West Village, waiting to meet a friend for a late brunch at Philip Marie. I stood up from my park bench and my shiny, unblemished chrome Leica M6 .TTL 0.58 and the similarly pristine chrome 35 summicron lens attached to the body, fell out of my Domke bag and tumbled towards the pavement. Thinking quickly, I stuck my foot out to cushion the fall of my precious, shiny Leica.

I flicked my foot out so quickly that I managed to catch the M6 on my shoe, only to kick it an additional three feet or so in the air. The sound of a Leica, with all of its heavy soft brass, hitting concrete is one of the most expensive sounds I have ever heard.

When I picked up the dinged and now thickly focusing lens, I noticed that a frame had been exposed. The photo my left foot took is below:

I can expose film with my foot

I can expose film with my foot © Doug Kim

Dublin | At the Brazen Head Pub

I don’t remember what her name was but these were taken in the cold of summer in Dublin. The Brazen Head pub boasts that it’s the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 1198.

Joyce referred to the pub in the “Eumaeus” chapter of Ulysses,

…you get a decent enough do at the Brazen Head.

The soft swirled glass of the windows in these photos had an inscription etched into it: “John Langan halted here, 7th August, 1726.” I did too, sometime in June 2008.


Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 35-70mm

Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim