Tommy Kha is a photographer from Memphis, Tennessee currently living and working in New York City.

He is a recipient of the Jessie and Dolph Smith Emeritus Award, a former artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and will be resident at Light Work in Syracuse, New York.

Kha holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University and a BFA from Memphis College of Art.

Artist Statement

Drawing from biographical and cultural contexts, my photographic work operates in the conventions of the Self-Portrait, touching on themes relating to representation, difference, race, and sexuality.

By employing different—and at times contradictory—strategies of picture making, my work reveals the discontinuities between self and representation.

Appearing in various guises, my image remains unfixed, and reveals my inability to locate myself within my own pictures.

In short, my work is about the self in self-portrait, the portrait in self-portrait, and the hyphen in self-portrait.