Kovi Konowiecki (b.1992) was born in Long Beach, California. He holds a BA in Media Communications from Wake Forest University and an MA in Photography from University of the Arts London. After playing professional soccer in Europe, he turned to photography as a way to document the things around him and shed light on different aspects of his identity. Kovi was shortlisted for the 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and was the first ever nominee to have two images shortlisted for the first place prize. 




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Based in Long Beach, CA // Mexico City 



MA in Fashion Photography, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, 2016

BA in Media Communications, Minor in English, Wake Forest University, 2014


Selected Awards & Honors

2018 Portrait of Britain Shortlistee: British Journal of Photography 

2018 Labs New Artists II, Selected Artist  

2018 Wake Forest University 5 & Under Artist

2017 Fotofilmic Summer Shortlist   

2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist 

2017 PDN Storytellers Winner

2017 Head On Photo Awards Finalist

2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Third Place

2016 Portrait of Britain: British Journal of Photography

2016 Association of Photographers (AOP) Open Award, Series 

2016 Life Framer Winner Humans of the World


Solo Exhibitions

2018 Wake Forest University 5 & Under, Start Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

2018 Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack, Alchemy Works, Los Angeles


Group Exhibitions

2018 Labs New Artists II, Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2018 Palm Photo Prize, House of Vans, London, UK

2018 Lucie Foundation Month of Photography (MOPLA) Group Show, Los Angeles

2018 FOTOFILMIC17 Traveling Exhibition, New York, Paris, Vancouver & Thessaloniki

2018 Photolucida Love It & Leave With It Show, Portland, Oregon

2018 Hanina Gallery Group Show, Tel Aviv, Israel 

2017 FOTOFILMIC17 Summer Shortlist Show, PULP Gallery, Bowen Island, Vancouver, Canada

2017 Indian Photography Festival, State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India

2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Art Gallery, UK

2017 Head On Photo Awards Festival, Museum of Sydney, Australia

2017 Negative Feedback Exhibition, theprintspace, London, UK

2017 Magnum Swap Shop, theprintspace, London, UK

2017 I.P.F. Photo Prize, House of Vans, London, UK

2017 Life Framer Photography Prize Exhibition, ClampArt Gallery, New York; RPS Gallery, Tokyo; Officine Fotografiche, Rome

2017 London College of Fashion MA Exhibition Found In Translation, House of Vans, London, UK

2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 Portrait of Britain, British Journal of Photography

2016 Blurred Borders, 71a Gallery, London, UK            

2016 Blurring the Lines, Paris College of Art, Paris, France 

2016 Mirrors and Windows, Paris College of Art, Paris, France

2014 Student Art Exhibition + Honors Exhibitions,Hanes Gallery, Winston- Salem, NC              

2013 Image as Word/ Word as Image, Start Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC        


Permanent Collections

University of the Arts London  

Wake Forest University


Lectures & Artist Talks

2018 Wake Forest University, 5 & Under Artist Talk, Scales Fine Art Center, Winston-Salem, NC

2017 National Portrait Gallery, In Conversation: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 



2018 Portrait of Britain Book (BJP), Hoxton Mini Press

2018 British Journal of Photography July 2018 Issue: Shifting Territory

2018 Fisheye Photobook Vol. 2

2017 Wake Forest Magazine Fall 2017 Issue

2017 Aesthetica Magazine Issue 79 

2017 PDN Magazine: The Photography & Ethics Issue

2017 Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize

2016 British Journal of Photography: Portrait of Britain Issue

2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition Catalogue

2016 SoccerBible Magazine Issue 6: Stage & Spotlight


Press //  Interviews // Features

 i-D Magazine, Intimate Portraits of an Orthodox Jewish Family, Emily Manning, online interview, November 2016

British Journal of Photography, Beyond the Borderlands with Kovi Konowiecki, Sophie Wright, June 2018

The Heavy Collective, Jack Harries, online interview, March 2017

The Ones We Love, Portraits online exhibition, Curated by Lindley Warren, July 2018

Vogue Italia, online, July 2018

Fotofilmic, online interview, July 2017

Aesthetica MagazineHighlighting Tradition in Modern Society, online interview, October 2016

Life Framer, The Liminal Space between History and Modernity, Ralph Wilson, online interview, October 2016

Aint - Bad, online, February 2017

Fotoroom, online, December 2017

Portrait of Britain, online, July 2018

Photomonitor, Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack, Christiane Monarchi, online interview, June 2017

Anywhere Blvd, Rhombie Sandoval, online interview, June 2018

Fisheye, online, May 2017

Phases, online, June 2017

C41Konowiecki pays tribute to that banality of Long Beach that makes it special, online, January 2018

The printspace, online interview, October 2016

Edge of Humanity, online, September 2017

British Journal of Photography, online, September 2016

Portrait of Britain, online, August 2016

It's Nice That, online, November 2016

huck, online, November 2016

BBC, online, November 2016

The Washington Post, online, November 2016

The Guardian // The Guardian, online, November 2016

Pigeons & Peacocks, online, May 2016

Time, online, September 2016

UAL, online, May 2016

UK Evening Standard, online, September 2016