Lawrence Sumulong (b. 1987) is a Filipino American Documentary Photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.

His perspective reflects how particular historical moments and neocolonial encounters profoundly alter, disrupt, and shape one’s society and sense of self.

Invited by curator Clara Kim of the Tate Modern, his series Urban Legend showed at the 12th edition of the Gwangju Biennale, Asia's oldest and most prestigious biennial of contemporary art. The series was originally commissioned in 2012 by curator Patrick Flores of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum.

In 2020, he had photographic work in the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's 3 year national tour: Men of ChangeNot Visual Noise, a seminal Filipino photography exhibition at the Ateneo Art Gallery, as well as Extrême Orient at the Promenades Photographiques de Vendome festival in France.

Commissioned by Grammy award winning director, Ron Jaramillo, he also had the honor of photographing legendary musicians Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax for their 3-disc album "HOPE AMID TEARS" via Sony Music Masterworks in 2020.

From build out to curtain call, he recently documented New York City's first theatrical production since the pandemic, "7 Deadly Sins", for famed architect David Rockwell and directed by Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project, Tectonic Theater Project). 

Amongst others, his work has been featured by The Guardian, Le Monde's M, Le Magazine du MondeThe New York Times, and The Washington Post.

For an extended CV, please scroll down.

Features & Publications

Abe’s Penny, BBC News: In Pictures, Dezeen, Financial Times, Fisheye Magazine, The Guardian, Le Monde’s M, le magazine du Monde, The New Yorker: Photo Booth, The New York Times, NPR, Nueva Luz,  Phaidon Press, Rolling Stone, Subshine, Surface Magazine, VICE, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, WIRED


The Magenta Foundation: Flash Forward Award 2019 - Winner,  Best of American Photography (2019, 2021) - Winner, 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

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kili-Bikini-Ejit Annex,The Museum of Modern Art Library (MoMA), The Brooklyn Museum Library

Commercial Clients

AT&T, British Film Institute, The Conference Board, The Kingdom of Thailand, The High Line, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Natural Areas Conservancy, Phaidon Press, Rockwell Group, The Shed, Sony Music Entertainment, TED, United Nations, Verizon

Exhibitions & Presentations

Men of Change | Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, United States (2019 - 2022)

Promenades photographiques de Vendôme: Extrême-Orient Manège Rochambeau, Vendôme, France (2020)

Not Visual Noise | Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines (2019)

Mana Photo x WIP | Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey (2019)

Visiting Author Talk: Simeon Marsalis | Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, New York (2019)

Art Fair Philippines | The Link, Manila, Philippines (2019)

Gwangju Biennale | Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall and Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea (2018)

BYOPaper! - Rencontres d’Arles | Arles, France (2017)

Fotografia – Festival Internazionale di Roma: Emerging Talents | MACRO: Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy (2016)

En Foco New Works Photography Fellowship | Gulf and Western Gallery, Manhattan, New York (2016)

Open Show New York City | Bronx Documentary Center, Bronx, New York (2016)

The Sony World Photography Awards | Somerset House, London, United Kingdom (2016)

Head On Photo Festival | aMBUSH Gallery: Project Space, Sydney, Australia (2016)

Traces - Contemporary Filipino Photography | Finale Art File, Manila, Philippines (2015)

From the Prison House | Moreau Center for the Arts - St. Mary's College, Indiana (2013)

Urban Legend | The Jorge B. Vargas Museum & Filipiniana Research Center, Manila, Philippines (2012)

Milk Gallery Underground | Milk Gallery, Manhattan, New York (2011)

Chobi Mela VI: International Festival of Photography | Goethe-Institut Auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2011)

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