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 a Light Work artist-in-residence in Syracuse, New York.

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

Artist Statement

My photographs explore the traditions of self-portraiture, navigating through biography and cultural contexts. Operating somewhere between straight and staged photography, I reposition myself within and out of my picture making, attempting to shape a sense of representation. 

I employ different strategies inherent to the self-portrait genre as I map out my otherness that is informed by my Asian, gay, and Southern backgrounds. While reflecting this discontinuity in my artistic process, there is an implication of the self remaining unfixed and my inability to locate myself that exists in my work.

My work is about the self in self-portrait, the portrait in self-portrait, and the hyphen in self-portrait.