Kevin Kunishi's work has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications including The New Yorker, The Sunday Telegraph, VICE, The California Sunday Magazine, Le Monde, American Photo Magazine, The International Photography Awards, Le Journal de la Photographie, AI-AP, The New York Photo Festival, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Esquire, VISSLA, The Surfer's Journal, Monocle, L'imparfaite, Scout Magazine, Pil Magazine, Allegra, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, ONWARD, Photo District News, CENTER, Photolucida, CMYK magazine, Photographer’s Forum and Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3).

His work has been exhibited widely both in the United States and internationally at The Honolulu Museum of Art, Project Basho in Philadelphia, PA, Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, CA, The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark, Black & Blue Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Interurban Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, The Hashtag Gallery in Toronto, Canada, Galerie Nowhere in Montreal, Canada, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., The Daylight Project Space in Hillsborough, NC and The Bekman Gallery in New York.

In 2011 he was the honorary recipient of the Blue Earth Alliance Award for Best Photography Project, an award that honors projects that demonstrate excellence in the field of photography.

His first monograph Los Restos de la Revolución was released in the Fall of 2012 by Daylight Publishing and was selected as one of Photo-Eye's Best Books of 2012 and selected as one of PDN's-2012 Indie Photo Books of The Year


2011 MFA, Photography, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
{Directed-Study Mentorship with Jason Fulford, Mark Mahaney, David Black, and Alex Berg}
2001 BA, History, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

solo exhibitions

Los Restos de la Revolución, Rayko Photo Center San Francisco, CA Oct.11-Nov.11 2012
Los Restos de la Revolución, Daylight Project Space, Hillsborough, NC Sept.28-Dec.11 2012

group exhibitions

Begin Anywhere- Paths Of Mentorship & Collaboration (w/Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Jason Fulford, Mike Smith & Mark Mahaney), SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA Sept. 7-Oct. 31 2017

This Land Is Our Land, Zener Schon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, March 22-May 7th 2016 (Curated by Monique Deschaines)

CONTACT, The Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI, April 8-20 2014

Art of Photography Show, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, Sept. 29-Nov. 11 2012 (Curated by Julian Cox)

VICE Photo Exhibition, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, Sept. 26-29 2012
VICE Photo Exhibition, Black & Blue Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 7 2012
VICE Photo Exhibition, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Aug. 2 2012
VICE Photo Exhibition, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Jul. 26 2012
VICE Photo Exhibition, Galerie Nowhere, Montreal, Canada, Jul. 19 2012

Boundaries, Book & Job Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Jul. 14-Aug.4 2012

Change of Pace, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI, Jun. 16-Jul. 14 2012 (Curated by David Bram)

Daniel Cooney Fine Art-Emerging Artists Auction, New York, NY 2012

Onward Compé, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 9-Mar. 25 2012 (Curated by Todd Hido)

Hey Hot Shot 2011 Showcase First Edition, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY, Jan. 6-Jan. 22 2012 (Curated by Darius Himes,Todd Hido,Lesley A. Martin,Penelope Umbrico,Jen Bekman)

Selections from The Indie Photobook Library, Gallery 31, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C., Nov. 2-Nov. 20, 2011


2012 Latin American Fotografia I/ Selected as part of "Los Diez"
2011 Blue Earth Alliance, Blue Earth Prize for Best Project Photography
2011 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist
2011 International Photography Awards 1st Place Editorial-General News Category
2011 International Photography Awards 2nd Place Editorial-Political News Category
2011 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention-Deeper Perspective Category
2011 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention-Photo Essay and Feature Story
2011 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention-War/Conflict
2011 Selected 100 for Review Santa Fe
2011 PhotoAlliance Scholarship for “Our World” Portfolio Review
2009 CMYK Magazine Spring 2009 Issue #43
2009 Academy of Art University Spring Show Selection
2008 New York Photo Festival Nominee
2008 American Photo Magazine Image of the Year Nominee
2008 Academy of Art University Spring Show Selection
2008 PDNedu Annual-1st Place Landscape/2nd Place Documentary


2015 Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA


The New Yorker, “Remembering Nicaragua”, by Whitney Johnson, September 2012
PDN Magazine, “Documenting the Artifacts of a Revolution”, by Dzana Tzomondo, August 2012
Photo Eye - Best of 2012 Books Selection
Mother Jones, “Nicaragua: The Remains of the Revolution”, by Mark Murrman, November 2012
Le Journal de la Photographie, “Los Restos de la Revolución”, by Laurence Cornet, December 2012
The Huffington Post, “Poetic Testimony to a Forgotten War”, by Gioconda Belli, November 2012
VICE Magazine, "Desfila", July 2012
Feature Shoot, "Desfila", February 2013
aPhotoEditor, "Kevin Kunishi Interview: How to Make a Photo-book", by Jonathon Blaustein, May 2013

artist talks

2015 Artist Lecture Series, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
2015 Photography Lecture Series, California College of the Arts (CCA), Oakland, CA
2013 Salon 01/ Manila Review - Process & Execution-Manila, PI.
2013 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2013 Docuphoto, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2012 Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2011 Photoalliance Lecture Series with Leo Rubinfien, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

All images copyright © Kevin Kunishi 2007-2017.