Sebastian Kim was born in Vietnam and it’s half-Korean, half-Chinese. His dream started when he was a teenager and his work was first published when he was 16.
Since then, Kim’s work constisted in fashion campaigns for Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, John Galliano and Opening Ceremony for prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue, German Vogue, i-D, American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Numéro Tokyo, Russian Vogue, Numéro, Interview, Muse, W and many others, with incredible ad campaigns.
He is shooting celebrities, designers, models and not only, either individually, ether in groups. He expresses stories through fashion photography in a sexy, innovative and tasteful manner.
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While he was in college in California, he took a position as an assistant for the legendary photographer Richard Avedon. Despite a recommendation from his professor, Sebastian deferred – he wanted a college degree before he could be ready.
“Don’t worry or be too anxious about your career. You just have to enjoy the process.”
However, when the opportunity with Avedon presented once again a year later, he couldn’t let it pass by again. Therefore, he took advantage of it and jumped on the position immediately. He finished his school with internship credits. He would later assist the famous photographers Avedon and Steven Meisel, up until the age of 32.
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“I think one of the keys to success as a fashion photographer is molding yourself to meet different demands as a problem-solving process, which can be hard. If you enjoy this, solving one problem gives you excitement and you go on to the next problem to solve, but if you don’t enjoy the process, you become discouraged. I believe the number one reason why people stop what they do or what they want to do is because they feel discouraged.”
Sebastian sees his industry through an unfiltered lens. Some of his favorite photographers are from the past are they are not in the business anymore. He thinks that the fashion photography is accordingly to the fashion trends and they are not that different from models.
The main thing a fashion photographer has to know is the taste preferences of the industry’s important people, as well as the true meaning of the collaboration. Sebastian says all of this is important since the photographer himself cannot be in complete control.
“The truth is, pressuring yourself doesn’t contribute to your happiness and does not make you a better person at work.”
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“Let’s say you have a certain goal like being a top photographer who shoots top fashion publications. If you don’t enjoy the process you definitely cannot get there.”
He has shot for top clients like Alexander Wang, Alice Temperley, Accessorize, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, H&M, JONES NY, Nina Ricci, Oasis, Piazza Sempione, Uniqlo and 7 for all Mankind.
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Despite of the fashion world he blends in, Sebastian Kim manages to remain stable and still modest. Behind his lens, Sebastian still expresses his original unfilered vision.
You can see his full portfolio on www.sebastiankim.com
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Photo Source: GQ Magazine, Pinterest, New York Magazine.