About Kim Jew

Kim Jew Photography is an Albuquerque photography studio that was started in 1976 by world famous portrait photographer Kim Jew. Kim Jew’s love of photography started in high school when he got his first camera, a Pentax 35mm camera. After graduating from Highland High School in Albuquerque, Jew was a pre-dental student at UNM, but quickly realized that pursuing his passion—photography—would bring him greater life fulfillment. Jew then attended Photography Institute of America in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Associates of Art in Photography in 1974.

“After graduating from the Photography Institute of America, Kim Jew took photographs for the Albuquerque Magazine and worked as a part-time photographer for the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico; there he got his start in portraiture by photographing famous artists, such as Louise Nevelson (sculptor), Robert De Niro, Sr. (abstract expressionist painter) and Francoise Gilot (Picasso’s mistress).

Kim Jew is an Honorary Commander at Kirtland Air Force Base and has also been honored for his contribution to the art by the Weems International Art Fest.

By applying commercial photography techniques to portraiture, Kim Jew was able to create a unique style that has made him one of the most sought after photographers in New Mexico.

But Kim Jew’s renown is not limited to New Mexico. He has received critical acclaim throughout the country and numerous awards for his work. He has photographed many world leaders, politicians and celebrities, including former President’s George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush; President Barack Obama; Colin Powell; Sir Richard Branson; Jay Leno; Dana Carvey; Jesse Tyler Ferguson; and the late Tim Russert.

In addition to photographing famous people, Kim Jew’s work has also been featured in many national publications, such as American Profile, Parade Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, American Photographer, Studio Magazine, Photo District News, Scientific America, GQ Magazine, Cuisine, New Mexico Magazine and Tiger Beat. Famous clients of Kim Jew include Bell Helicopter, American Airlines, Kraft, Kohler, Perot Systems, IBM, Merrill Lynch, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Buffalo Thunder Resort, KOB TV, Reelz Channel, Iosil Energy Corp, Tetley Tea and RefrigiWear.

Today, Kim Jew Photography is comprised of three studios, 10 staff photographers and 35 employees. The studio primarily focuses on family portraits and senior portraits throughout New Mexico.