O-Young Kwon is 1 of 2 children of Korean guest workers and was born in Berlin, Germany.
Gaining a Bachelor degree in urban economics and city planning, he decides to pursue his dream and make photography his full-time profession. A decade full of extensive work as a freelance lighting assistant and digital operator for advertisement campaigns and fashion photo productions all over the world followed and allowed him to derive valuable knowledge about the industry, making him realize a relentless urge for more sincere authenticity.
His perception of photography led him to look into different cultures and made him aware of certain social issues, which are often rooted in political circumstances. So he inevitably turned into a conscientious photographer following ethical principles, who has been apolitical, but not anymore.
O-Young Kwon works as a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in Hamburg, Germany.