17 May Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor, Stella Kramer, has a few questions for NYC photographer, Ken Shung
Ken Shung Q&A with Stella Kramer
A New York born and bred photo editor, consultant, and curator, Stella is a woman who I was introduced to by – my then husband-to-be, HJF Gallery photographer, Jason Florio, on one of my earlier trips to NYC, before relocating there from London, UK. SK has since become a great friend.
When it comes to all things photography, this woman certainly knows her stuff. Over the last few years, and countless early morning coffee meetings, photo exhibition openings, and dinners Chez Florios’, I have garnered much from SK’s years of experience in the often mercurial photo industry.
Therefore, I have a huge respect for her both as a person and in her profession, particularly in her encouragement to both emerging and established photographers, who have the good fortune to have her ear – and her eye! For consulting, editing, and curating services, contact Stellazine
So, thank you, my lovely friend, Stella, for agreeing to my request to come up with five questions for the HJF gallery photographers.
We’ll be featuring Stella’s Q&A’s with our photographers over the coming weeks. Check out the first Q&A with New York-based photographer, Chris Bartlett. Next up, we have another New York-based photographer, Ken Shung.
Ken Shung is an award-winning photographer who lives and originally hails, from New York City. His career began by assisting Annie Leibovitz, whilst at Rolling Stone magazine print spotting for Irving Penn, and free-lancing for Bill King and Bob Richardson. Since then, Ken has exhibited in the US and internationally.
His work has been published in numerous editorial magazines, in addition to publishing a book on adoption at Workman Press. He currently shoots for clients in New York and is a faculty member at the SVA (School of Visual Arts), in Manhattan. Read more about Ken in ‘Meet the Photographers‘
S.K. How did you get started?
K.S. It all began when I decided to become a photographer in my second year of college. Not knowing for sure what career path to choose , music or art , photography seem to have the brightest path to a successful creative life. I became an assistant after studying to get into the business and worked for Annie Leibovitz for a summer, spotted Platinum prints for Irving Penn for a year, and freelanced for many fashion photographers in the city. This was my start to learning the photography industry and finding the joy of doing what you love and getting paid for it.
S.K. Who is your biggest influence?
S.K. How do you promote your work?
K.S. With the internet, by word of mouth, and, lately, with social media (see following question). Before that, it was through being published editorially and a few ads in photo directories.
S.K. Do you use social media/how?
S.K. What work have you seen that has blown your mind recently?
K.S. Only the work of Sebastião Salgado has moved me visually and emotionally as of 1995.