Lawrence Sumulong (b. 1987) is a Filipino American Photographer based in New York City with his partner, Sarah, and their two beloved cats, Oliver and Miko. He is represented by INSTITUTE in Los Angeles and London. 

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, a winner in the best of American Photography, and a recipient of The Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward 2019 Award

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

He has forthcoming photographic work in the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's 10 venue, national tour: Men of Change.

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Features & Publications

Abe’s Penny, BBC News: In Pictures, Financial Times, Fisheye Magazine, The Guardian, Le Monde’s M, le magazine du Monde, The New Yorker: Photo Booth, The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, VICE, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED


The Magenta Foundation: Flash Forward Award 2019 - Winner,  Best of American Photography (AP-35) - 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

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, The Shed, TED, United Nations, Verizon

Exhibitions & Presentations

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

( [ ] ) 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)

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)

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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