From Ethiopia to Jamaica, this Chicago native carries his lens to all corners of the globe in pursuit of photography honed with a culturally conscious eye. By and large a photographic storyteller, Kyle started his career with a degree in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art before working as a freelance graphic designer. His foray into photography as a hobby swiftly took over his creative ambitions and he found himself globally driven to work on projects that raise awareness on social issues. By traveling to far-flung locations, his work is guided by a strong core of ethics and he values sharing cultural stories otherwise hushed into the sidelines of mainstream media. From 2011 to 2013 he worked as creative director for Awassa Children’s Center creating campaigns to raise awareness of over 100 children orphaned. He’s since been dedicated to bridging the gap between communities and to facilitating a greater global consciousness, where acceptance and gratitude underpins his work. He brings his 10 years experience to projects ranging from portrait shoots and editorial content, to fashion lookbooks and travel portfolios, and he has been internationally published in numerous culture and fashion magazines. Recently he curated a portrait photography series published on The Atlantic called “As You Are” which takes an intimate look into the early mornings of 25 different subjects. Currently he shoots cover and feature stories as the photography editor of majestic disorder, an international arts and culture print publication sold in over 20 countries in places such as Tate Modern, MoMA PS1, The Photographers’ Gallery and Alchemy Works. Each of his projects are unified by his vision for storytelling and he lends his photographic prospective to work where he can cultivate a message and style specific to his client’s needs. To him, photography is never just an image. It’s a cultural interaction and a creative gambit through which better lives can be created and inspiration can be shared, where cultural and personal journeys can be celebrated.
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