German online photography magazine Augenblicke recently published a selection of No Sleep images. Go here to view!

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.

la pura vida


© Hee Jin Kang

The La Pura Vida blog posted some photographs from the Sandy’s Deli and Red Wing series.

It’s a fairly new-to-me photo blog founded by photographer Bryan Formhals. It also publishes some thought-provoking Op-Ed pieces, especially this one, in response to this.

Be a darling and check it out.

if you dare…


Let me know if you do it. I personally find the thought TERRIFYING…



UPDATE: This is as far as I got. Just could not press START.

Andrew Sullivan has compiled hundreds of tweets coming out of Iran.

red wing portfolio


The Red Wing project has been added to my website.  Rejoice!

Previous posts about this series:

no more worries
some background

republican eagle article
tractor then, tractor now
4×5 photographs
my first state fair
more 4×5 photos
more 35mm from state fair


These photographs were all taken in the summer of 2008, in Red Wing, Minnesota, the town where my parents met in the early 1970’s.  If I were a book, Red Wing, Minnesota would be my preface.
I went to Red Wing to explore the alternate reality of what my life could have been.  I photographed old friends of my parents but also took pictures of strangers. I photographed farmers, townspeople, and young artists, storefronts, farmland, vacant lots, and interior spaces. For me, photographing Red Wing is like breathing life into a faded snapshot.



© David Bergman,

Photographer David Bergman has created the coolest photograph of the Inauguration ever!  Go to now.  You will not be disappointed.   The photograph is made up of 220 images with a final image size of 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels.  That is one seriously big picture.  The zoom function kicks butt.  Puffy, Beyoncé, Denzel!  Clarence Thomas sleeping!  Yo-yo Ma snapping pics!  Mysterious disappearing bodies and misaligned heads!  Photo-nerdish as I am, I was most excited to spot a large-format wooden camera (lower right-hand corner) and standing next to it, Annie Leibovitz!

a handmade new year


This year, I am investing in the handmade, which is why I LOVE the website “Your place to buy and sell all things handmade.”  You can spend hours poring over offerings made by people all over the world!  Handmade everything – candles, leg warmers, marmalade, jewelry, comics, puppets, stationery, knitting, soaps, “geekery” (huh?).  You can also choose to buy locally (Brooklyn!).

I also want to write more real letters and cards this year.  I have ribbon-wrapped packages of letters from my college years and earlier, but every since email, well… you know.  I feel like I’ve forgotten my penmanship!

So, how pleased was I to find that there are many, many people on Etsy making handmade letterpress cards (my favorite!).

I bought these lovely cards by simplesong designs:


(They arrived today and are so pretty that I was inspired to write this post)

I also bought cards from Joie Studio and dozi, and ordered letterpress business cards from Lucky Duck Letterpress.  You may be the lucky friend receiving words of love from me soon!


Here are some more handmade camera cards from Etsy.

Smile greeting cards by What Katie Does:


Camera Gocco cards by two guitars:


(Do you know what Gocco is?  I didn’t)

Camera note cards by MildredMade:


Most things on Etsy are reasonably priced and there’s something really exciting about supporting handmade endeavors.  Once you start on Etsy though, you won’t be able to stop.  And you’ll feel inspired to start making things yourself, like Cook’s Illustrated No-Knead Bread 2.0:





Blogroll is finally updated with all the photo blogs I follow via google reader (whew).

Pretty impressive how many photographers out there are writing blogs.  I tried to maintain consistency with the listings, i.e., if a blog has a specific title, it’s listed as such.  If not, then I listed it as x-photographer’s blog. Which makes me wonder, do people prefer to be listed with their name or does it not matter.  My blog is sometimes listed as “H.J.K.”, other times as “Hee Jin Kang’s blog” and I don’t mind either way.

Anyway, happy reading.

RELATED: If you haven’t read this Andrew Sullivan piece “Why I Blog” … here it is.

life on google


You thought you were going to get A LOT of work done today, but guess not.  LIFE magazine’s photo archive has gone live on google – – and it’s over 10 million photographs, most of which are available to the public for the first time.  Go ahead, whittle the day away poring over the pictures because you can always call it research.

And here’s a tip:  Add “source:life” to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example, photographer source:life eventually leads you to:

Bourke-White helicopter

A wonderful picture of photographer Margaret Bourke-White dangling from a helicopter while on assignment for LIFE in 1951.  Though the photo is also credited to Bourke-White… hmm… now that’s a feat.