You can see more of Yunghi Kim's photojournalism at www.yunghikim.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
What I Use
|Yunghi Kim has a signature style that's only heightened by her primary lens of choice, the Canon EF 24mm ƒ/1.4L, an unusual selection for a photojournalist, as you must be very, very close to the action in order to achieve any intimacy in a shot. But when done correctly, as Kim has mastered, the wide-angle can capture the visceral intensity of a foreground subject while adding quite a bit of background information to a scene. Kim relied heavily on this lens during her recent coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the body of work captures a gravitas largely ignored by many of the other photojournalists who were documenting the movement, who instead chose to concentrate on glib slogans, cute signs and the drab conditions. With Kim, up close and personal is a bit of an understatement.
"I don't work with a lot of different lenses," she says. "I have them, and I've used them over the years, but I like to stick with what I'm comfortable with. Because I shot the Occupy movement as sort of a personal project, I had the luxury to do that, so it's really all shot with one lens. The 24mm ƒ/1.4 from Canon, that's my bread-and-butter lens, and I know how to frame it really well. A lot of this is knowing how your equipment works without even having to think about it. So I know my Canon and this lens really well, and I stay with what I'm comfortable with."
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