Lawrence Sumulong (b. 1987) is a Filipino American Photographer and Photo Editor based in New York City with his partner, Sarah, and their two beloved cats, Oliver and Miko. 

While contending with his father's battle with cancer and eventual passing, he got his start under the mentorship of Magnum Photos photographer, David Alan Harvey, in 2008. 

His documentary work delves into issues of representation, identity, and migration in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Dead to Rights (2007-2018) is his first significant body of work on his second home: Manila, the Philippines. The series was profiled in The New York Times.

Invited by curator Clara Kim of the Tate Modern, his series Urban Legend showed recently at Asia's historic Gwangju Biennale in 2018.

He is represented by INSTITUTE in Los Angeles/London and Luzviminda in Manila. 

For all inquiries, please reach out to [email protected].

Selected Features & Publications

Abe’s Penny, BBC News: In Pictures, Fisheye Magazine, Global Journalist - Missouri School of Journalism, The Guardian, GUP Magazine, Huck Magazine, Le Monde’s M, le magazine du Monde, The Magenta Foundation, Milk Gallery, The New York Times, The New Yorker: Photo Booth, NPR, Rencontres d’Arle​s, VICE, WIRED


En Foco - Fellowship Winner, Foundation of Contemporary Arts - Grantee, Lucie Foundation - Emerging Artist Award Finalist, Sony World Photography Awards - Finalist, World Press Photo Foundation - Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee

Permanent Collections

The Museum of Modern Art Library (MoMA), The Brooklyn Museum Library

Commercial Clients

AT&T, the British Film Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, TED, The High Line, United Nations, Verizon

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