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

He is a recipient of the Jessie and Dolph Smith Emeritus Award and formerly an artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

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

Artist Statement

My photography explores the traditions of the self-portrait operating in the terrains of the anthology film, performance, and staged photography. I reposition myself within and outside the boundaries of my picture making as a way to navigate through my own otherness as an Asian, gay Southerner. In using different subject matters, a discontinuity emerges, often to subvert the “artist as protagonist” inherent in self-portraiture while questioning my representation that is almost absent within the media. Thus, there is an implication that the self remains unfixed and the inability to locate myself that exists in my work.

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