I am back on this here blog, no major fanfare. Lived with the idea of “quitting” photography and all that crap, and finally decided, eh, no. Inspired by the person who I introduced myself as this weekend, I think I’ll start posting again.

Here’s our first family collabo on DISimages – Gaffer Baby – “Soft hands, nylon pile and a sturdy adhesive tape.”



If you’re in NYC, please drop by and say hello! Come support me, a local bookstore, and Brooklyn all at once!

No Sleep book signing with Hee Jin Kang

Tuesday, December 6th
7 pm
Book Court
163 Court Street
(between Pacific & Dean)
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn


summertime pix


DIS magazine


Check out MANicures on DIS magazine!

DIS is a dissection of fashion, art and commerce which seeks to dissolve conventions, distort realities, disturb ideologies and disrupt the dismal dissemination of fashion discourse. All is open to discussion. There is no final word.

DIS is a collaborative project amongst artists, designers, stylists, writers and friends. We are Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, S. Adrian Massey III, Marco Roso, Patrik Sandberg, Nicholas Scholl, and David Toro.


san fran


Just got back from a lovely wedding weekend in Sausalito and San Francisco.  Some iPhone photos to commemorate:






© Hee Jin Kang

exposure project 4



Ben Alper of The Exposure Project sent along an email with some exciting news:

The Exposure Project is pleased to announce that Issue 4 of The Exposure Project Book will be available for purchase in the middle of July.

The Exposure Project Book – Issue 4
July 2009

Includes photographs by Chris Bentley, Rona Chang, Daniel Farnum, Elizabeth Fleming, Lee Gainer, Matthew Genitempo, Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström, Natascha Libbert, Bradley Peters, Carlo Van de Roer, Daniel Shea, Manuel Vazquez, Jens Windolf, Susan Worsham and Bahar Yurukoglu

With an essay by Brian Ulrich

The book is being released in both regular and special editions.  You can find more specific edition information here.

These folks are doing good work.  Go get buying!

bartos book



Folks!  Photog-extraordinaire Adam Bartos has a new book coming out – Yard Sale Photographs – so pre-order yours now before you miss out.

I know the work in this monograph very well and I must tell you, this book is a beauty!

on saturday night


happy hour


tagametIf you have any Asian friends (and who doesn’t? ha!), you’ve probably heard of Asian Flush, Asian Glow, or some variation.  Basically, if your body can’t break down the alcohol you’re chugging, you turn bright red.  It’s got something to do with an enzyme – acetaldehyde dehydrogenase – not doing its job.  Here’s the wikipedia link if you’re curious.  Specifically, “half of people of Asian descent are considered to be sensitive to alcohol due to this condition.”

You can find online discussions and forums all over the internet about the tribulations of drunken red-faced Asians.

Well count me in that special 50%.  And let me tell you, it sucks to turn violently red from drinking alcohol, especially at brightly-lit socially-fraught gallery openings.  Usually I try to avoid the cheap white wine because it’s just not worth it.  But if you know me, you know I am a consistently reliable imbiber of alcohol.  And if you know me really well, you know I am always packing Tagamet.

Tagamet is an over-the-counter drug for treating heartburn and it seems to lessen the effects of Asian Flush.  I don’t ask why, I just accept it as a minor miracle.  But it’s pretty hit or miss.  Sometimes Tagamet fails me and my face turns tomato-red and blotchy.  But when it works, it works really well and I look like I’ve just caught some sun.  When I share my Tagamet secret to other Asians, they all tell me the same thing: “this stuff has changed my life.”  Yes I know.  

I worked on a photo project a few years back about Asian Flush:

© Hee Jin Kang, “Happy Hour (Hee Jin)”
© Hee Jin Kang, “Happy Hour (Indri)”

Photos were taken in between many shots of vodka sans Tagamet.  The self-portrait was especially amusing to shoot, or at least I thought so.  I think I might revisit the project in a different form.

Know any Asians who get red drinking alcohol?