In the photo “Life in Kauai” (2015), the Tahitian artisan is creating unique coconut fiber jewelry that requires many hours of concentrated labor invested in each piece. Hyunah Jang captured this photo on one Sunday morning while documenting his story through her images, one of her most memorable shots from three years of living in Kauai.
Hyunah Jang is a photographer, with seven years of experience, whose passion is to capture the essence of life through her lens. Originally from Busan, Korea, Hyunah's inspiration for photography first came from her father who was an underwater diver. After being featured in various documentaries, he once told her he needed a cameraman to record his dives, and subtly planted the seeds for what was to come.
Hyunah has traveled extensively with her camera and has chronicled the friends she has met along the way and the places she called home; such as Sedona, Boston, NYC, and Kauai. Currently, she resides in the heart of Silicon Valley where her curiosity is piqued exploring the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
Hyunah's ethos is towards constant growth. As her portfolio expands, she ensures she is keeping up with the latest in multimedia, web design, pro audio equipment, and various lighting systems. She looks to tell stories through a robust technological platform that keeps pace with modern-day communications.
Academically, Hyunah studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She later transferred to Montserrat College of Arts and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2013, she graduated from Boston University of Communication with a Masters in Multimedia Journalism. Professionally, Hyunah has worked under the wings of Photojournalist Rick Friedman as his assistant while attending graduate school.
After graduation, she moved to Kauai and worked as the Creative Director at the St. Regis Hotel and Grand Hyatt Resort, while also building her photography business. Hyunah has won various photography awards including, Contemporary Photography Award in Hawaii by Pacific New Media in 2015, and first place in Portraiture from Boston Press Photographers Association in 2013.