Visual Storyteller

Yeong-Ung Yang is an independent photojournalist and videographer for various publications in New York. He is regularly assigned by the New York Times and Newsday to cover breaking news, portraits and press conferences and city agency events. 

Mr. Yang is also a contributor for long-term investigative projects in prestigious media outlets. He has been working with the Times’ investigative reporting team as a contributing reporter and interpreter for Korean-related stories. Works include “Unvarnished,” a front-page New York Times series (May 2015), year-long in-depth investigation into the exploitation of nail manicurists who work primarily in Korean-owned salons. Series won Pulitzer Finalist in Local Reporting (Apr. 2016). 

Mr. Yang is currently working on a TV documentary film about a Korean American community in LA as a production assistant for ABC network’s Lincoln Square production. He is enrolled in Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as a part-time student, selected for the 3rd Semester Documentary program.

Yeong-Ung Yang was born in 1984 in Dae-gu, South Korea. In 2006, Yeong-Ung began his career in journalism when hired to work as a videographer for the Public Affairs Office of the Korean Army in Iraq. During this 7-month period, Yang was stationed in Zaytun Division, located in Arbil, Iraq. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked as a writer and a photographer for the New York Korea Daily, and his work continues to focus on compelling local stories beyond daily media coverage in New York City. 

He graduated from the Photojournalism/Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography(ICP) in New York City, where he received the Rita K. Hilman Award in 2013. Mr. Yang's first long term project from ICP has been featured as a photo essay in The New York Times('The Casino As Lifeline' Aug. 2013). Yeong-Ung completed an 2013 Emergency Fund Fellowship at the Magnum Foundation, which supported him to continue the underreported story. The multimedia piece of this project won 'Best of Show' in the 2014 NPPA Northern Short Course Contest. He had been recognized as one of the 2015 PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, for this work. Mr. Yang is continuing this work with New Yorker magazine to produce a mini-doc film. 



2018 (Current, Part-time) Columbia University Journalism Graduate School, Master of Science, New York, USA

2013 Documentary and Photojournalism, International Center of Photography, New York, USA

2010 Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications and Visual Arts, Handong Global University, Pohang, S.Korea



2016- Production Assistant at ABC network's Lincoln Square Productions, New York CIty, USA

2014- Director of Photography of theater advertisement of special project [Cinema Paradise], for South Korean multiplex operator Megabox Inc.

2014- Location Producer / Translator for National Geographic documentary [Misfit Economy], Wall To Walls UK production, UK.

2014- Contributing Photojournalist for Corbis Image, New York City, USA

2014- Contributor/Translator for the New York Times, New York City, USA

2013- Contributing Photojournalist for Newsday, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York City, USA

2010-2012 Writer / Photographer at The Korea Daily News, New York City, USA

2007 Director of official promotion video of Handong Global University, screened at UNESCO HQ, Paris

2006-2007 Videographer / Editor in the Public Affairs Office of the Korean Army, Zaytun Division, Arbil, Iraq


Award / Fellowship

2016 Pulitzer Finalist in Local Reporting for Unvarnished series(New York Times contributor) in April, 2016.

2015 Jack and Dorothy Fields Scholarship for Missouri Photo Workshop

2015 PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

2014 Honorable Mention Award at <4th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists>

2014 American Photography 30 chosen winner, one image selected for online archive

2014 Nominated photographer for Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo

2014 Nominated and Selected as an attendee at LOOKbetween 2014

2014 New York Portfolio Review participant, New York Times

2014 NPPA Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest, 1st Place in Long Form Multimedia

2014 NPPA Northern Short Course in Photojournalism contest, Best of Show winner

2013 New York Times Award, Eddie Adams Workshop 

2013 Emergency Fund Fellowship, Magnum Foundation

2013 Rita K. Hillman Award, International Center of Photography

2009 Excellence Award / Audience Award at the 1st Prostitution Film Festival, Seoul, Korea


Exhibition / Book

2015 <Emerging> Exhibition, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA

2014 DOCfield14 Fotografia documental Barcelona Exhibition, Spain

2014 <New York edited City Scapes> book, Ostkreuzschule fur Fotografie, Berlin

2014 'Endless Bus Trip' Multimedia features at <4th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists> group exhibition, Hannover, Germany

2013 <Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy > group exhibition, Museum of the City of New York

2013 <On View>, 2012-2013 Full-Time Student Exhibition, School of International Center of Photography, New York, USA 

2009 Essays of the life of Seoul, Seoul, S.Korea


Invited Talks

2016 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

2015 Teen Academy, International Center of Photography, New York City, USA

2014 Temple University Journalism School, Philadelphia, USA

2013 International Center of Photography, New York City, USA



2015 <Missouri Photo Workshop>, Missouri, USA

2014 <LOOKbetween 2014>, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

2013 <Eddie Adams Workshop>, Jeffersonville, New York, USA

2013 <Newstrain: cover disasters and tragedies>, APME(Associated Press Media Editors), New York, USA

2010 <Ethnic Media Watchdog>, IRE(Investigative Reporters and Writers)  / New York Times, New York, USA

2009 <Magnum Photos> Abbas, Seoul, S.Korea

2008 <Magnum Photos> Bruno Barbey, Ahndong, S.Korea