Jae C. Hong started shooting for the Korea Times in 1997. Since then he moved on to The Associated Press and created a praiseworthy lineup of pictures covering sports, environment, and many notable news stories and events, including Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, the Virginia Tech shootings, and the Utah mine collapse.
Today we’re introducing a limited selection of some of his most iconic shots.
From sobering views of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 to a rim fire near the Yosemite National Park in 2013, Hong had a chance to offer us a peek into the harsh realities, perhaps too distant for us to understand otherwise.
But even for phenomena touching our lives intimately, like the California drought, Hong found a way to summarize the message into a single photograph, like his photo of the parched rice farms in Richvale, Calif., last May.
On the other hand, Hong also made a trip to Sochi Olympics in Russia in 2014 and busied his camera at many other sports events from golf to baseball. More than just picturing the moments, he showed us some imaginative shots capturing the spirit of the occasion.
Let us know what you think about Hong’s work in the comment section.