LAWRENCE SUMULONG

I am a Filipino American photographer based in Brooklyn, New York City and the staff photographer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts documenting the prestigious institution's push towards greater accessibility and diversity in the arts.

My personal documentary work reckons with my inculcation into and resistance against colonial and prevailing systems of power at times through the lens of my own Filipino ethnicity and assimilation into American society.

My approach continues to both honor and question the act of bearing witness to the human experience. 

For an extended Artist Statement & CV, please scroll down.

Inquiries: info@lsumulong.com

Profile photo: Two generations of Grinnell College alumni - Herbie Hancock and I backstage at the "Celebrating Chick Corea" concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2022.  Thank you to Jason Olaine for the snapshot.


Lawrence Sumulong 

(b.1987, Secaucus, NJ, USA)

Based in Brooklyn, NY, USA


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The Brooklyn Museum Library 

Duke University - Archive of Documentary Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Museum of Modern Art Library (MoMA) 

University of Arkansas - Special Collections


COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

A&E, Ambush, American Express, AT&T, Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Carnegie Hall, Chelsea Factory, Dentsu: Merkle, Edelman, KIA, The Kingdom of Thailand, The High Line, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, LiveX, Momentum Worldwide, The City of New York - Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, New York Philharmonic, Phaidon Press, Reese’s Puffs, RDM, Rockwell Group, The Shed, Sony Music Entertainment, TED, United Nations, Verizon, Vogue, Willie Mae Rock Camp


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Carlo Maghirang Reimagines Philippine Folklore for the Lincoln Center | Vogue Philippines

Celebrating Art, Community, and Resilience Post-COVID: Summer for the City Returns | Vogue Philippines

On The Journey of Healing | Vogue Philippines

A Proposed State | The Washington Post

No longer can I stay; it's true. | The Washington Post

Dead to Rights | The New York Times

Manila Gothic | Fisheye Magazine

Bottleneck | The Guardian

Burying the Lead | The Sydney Morning Herald


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

No Longer Can I Stay; It’s True | Curator: Caitlin Margaret Kelly | Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery - Duke University, North Carolina (2023)

En Foco Resistance for Freedom | Curator: Kay Hickman | Hamilton Landmark Galleries, Manhattan, New York (2022)

Men of Change | Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, United States (2019 - 2023)

Promenades photographiques de Vendôme: Extrême-Orient | Curator: Stephane Damant | Manège Rochambeau, Vendôme, France (2020)

Not Visual Noise | Curator: Angel Velasco Shaw | Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines (2019)

Gwangju Biennale | Curator: Clara Kim, Tate Modern | Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall and Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea (2018)

En Foco New Works Photography Fellowship | Curator: Leenda Bonilla | Gulf and Western Gallery, Manhattan, New York (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 | Curator: Tiffany Johnson Bidler | Moreau Center for the Arts - St. Mary's College, Indiana (2013)

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

Levee | Smith Gallery, Joe Rosenfield Center, Grinnell College, Iowa (2010)


AWARDS & HONORS

Communication Arts: Photography | Shortlist (2024)

American Photography: AP40 | Winner - Chosen (2024)

American Photography: AP39 | Winner - Selected (2023)

Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Awards | Winner (2022)

American Photography: AP38 | Winner - Chosen (2022)

American Photography: AP37 | Winner - Chosen (2021)

American Photography: AP35 | Winner - Chosen (2019)

World Press Photo Foundation: Joop Swart Masterclass | Nominee (2017, 2019)

The Magenta Foundation: Flash Forward Award | Winner (2019)  

Lucie Foundation: Fine Arts Scholarship |  Finalist (2018)

En Foco Fellowship | Winner (2016) 

Foundation of Contemporary Arts | Grantee (2016)

The Pollination Project | Grantee - Impact Project Grant (2016)

Lucie Foundation: Emerging Artist Award |  Finalist (2016)

Sony World Photography Awards | Finalist (2016)


LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

Archiving and Visualizing Asia: Politics of Poetics of Knowledge Production | Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2023)

Capstone Seminar in Documentary Studies | Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2023)

Asian American Community History | Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2023)

Retrograde - Fotomoto 22 "HOME" | Parola: University of the Philippines Fine Arts Gallery, Manila, Philippines (2022)

Imagining Asian Pacific America: Storytelling In Contemporary Literary, Media & Visual Arts | Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (2022)

Art Libraries Society of North America - 50th Annual Conference | Chicago, Illinois (2022)


COLLABORATIONS

Mana Photo x WIP with Simeon Marsalis | 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)


SITE SPECIFIC COMMISSIONS

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


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