LAWRENCE SUMULONG

I am a Filipino American photographer based in Brooklyn, New York City. I also run a commercial studio with my wife, Sarah, and our two Siamese-Maine Coon cats, Miko and Oliver.

My work roots itself in a documentary practice that looks for alternative angles and approaches to storytelling  and imagery as a means of both expressing my point of view as well as depicting reality. 

My perspective reflects how particular historical moments alter, disrupt, and shape one’s society and sense of self.

Despite the United States existing as both my place of residence and birthplace, my work for over a decade had focused exclusively on my relationship to the Philippines.

Most recently, I've been documenting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities outside of my own at a time where it feels absolutely necessary to depict the nuances within the panoply of AAPI experiences and histories, while also thinking about intersections. 

For all inquiries, please reach out to info@lsumulong.com.    

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

Honors

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, University of Arkansas - Special Collections

Commercial Clients

AT&T, British Film Institute, The Conference Board, The Kingdom of Thailand, The High Line, Jazz at Lincoln 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 - 2023)

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)

Landskrona Fotofestival & Helsingborgs Dagblad: Photo Salon | ​Landskrona Art Gallery, ​Landskrona, Sweden (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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