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Kyle Lui is a Chinese-American photographer based in NYC. His work focuses on the intimacies and sutures within families and communities, with an emphasis on immigrant families, male friendship, and Chinatown. Kyle’s work explores how immigration and cultural differences and loss affects intergenerational relationships. His work also explores masculinity and expansive ways for men to be intimate and in friendship with each other.

He received his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Tufts University.


In 2018, Kyle began his photography journey when he was studying abroad for university in London. Kyle was inspired to start his own documentary photography practice when he discovered projects by photographers such as Taryn Simon and Dawoud Bey.


In 2023, Kyle held his debut solo exhibition at Photoville for his project, Sowing Rice with Salt. Kyle’s work has been featured on CNN Style and i-D Magazine. He has also exhibited in Soho Photo Gallery and Pearl River Gallery. Kyle is a 2023 alumni of Review Santa Fe and 2022 alumni of the ASMP Bridge mentorship program.

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