Kevin Downs is a New York based photojournalist and documentary photographer. He studied Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, Photography at City College and the mentors in his early career were Louis Stettner and Mel Rosenthal. He attended the Missouri Photo Workshop, where he was awarded the Bill and Duane Honorary Director's Scholarship.
He has also photographed in Japan and other parts of Asia, as well as in Mexico and Haiti. Currently, he is working on projects documenting life in the United States, covering issues such as people affected by the economy, immigration and other social issues. For the past 6 years, he has been documenting an area of Corona, Queens, known as the Iron Triangle. This is a place where immigrants had come in search of the American dream but is now in the process of redevelopment, with the city claiming eminent domain and forcing small businesses out of existence. Recently, he has also extensively covered the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, on the Rockaways and Staten Island.

His work is published by the main international publications VSD Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, The Good Life Magazine, Travel + Leisure US, Escape, Wish magazine, Sun-Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, We Demain, Grazia France, The Wall Street Journal,, MSN Network, ABC News, TIME Magazine, Southern Accents, Entree Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine and the Daily Mail. He has taught workshops in New York's Coney Island and at the International Center of Photography. He is represented by Cosmos since 2013.

Photos of Kevin C. Downs Photography (8)

  • eid by The Bhanjanagar
  • Kevin Downs at OWS exhibit opening of the South Street Seaport Museum of the City of New York by BklynCherry
  • IMG_5943 by Runs With Scissors
  • kevin by Susan NYC
  • fhhh by Runs With Scissors
  • . by Runs With Scissors
  • Kevin C Downs by Runs With Scissors
  • boys & toys by ifotog, Queen of Manhattan Street Photography
  • L1001039b by Susan NYC

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    k4zzt says:

    "Excellent documentary photography is what you see here. I am always looking foward to seeing what Kevin uploads next."

    September 11th, 2009

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    bluepix52 says:

    "I am honored that Kevin C. Downs not only listed me as a contact but invited me to join Photo league 2 , he is one of my mentors in Photography ,I hope i will one day be as good as he is . His images are beautiful."

    July 7th, 2009

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    Johnny Mobasher Street Photography says:

    "I met Kevin earlier this year on a freezing NY night. His enthusiasm,knowledge of hardware,software,equipment,photography history & his enery is most memorable but most of all, his southern portraits ( which I love) & the Coney Island documentation are most fantastic. I have no doubt that in time the Coney island Images will be the best or amongst the very best of Coney Island History & he deservs it. Relentless. delighted to have met him & we'll meet again."

    August 27th, 2007

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    weissfoto says:

    "Kevin has boundless enthusiasm. All I have to do is view his stream of photographs and I want to shoot something. His art, as all great art does, excites me and gets me motivated. We, all of us, as photographers are each others' greatest Champions (now I sound like Captain Kirk). Who loves what we do? Photographers!!! Kevin works very very hard at his craft of Fine Art Photography. I see his heart and soul in every image."

    August 8th, 2007

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    Pixxl says:

    "Kevin did me the honour of making me one of his contacts at the end of June '07 and I have never looked back. Being fascinated with people myself, his street photography and portraits have been nothing short of an inspiration to me. He has the special ability to somehow capture the very escence of life and humanity in his work, allowing the people in his photographs to shine for the brief moment they are in his lens. His pictures teem with life and make you glad to be a part of it all! MORE please!!!"

    August 1st, 2007

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    Ran Han says:

    "Kevin has really cool and inspiring work. When I look at his pictures it sparks ideas for my own, he is always putting new pictures up that make me think, or evoke lots of emotion. great work :)"

    July 30th, 2007

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    Runs With Scissors says:

    "It's difficult not to take notice of Kevin's work as a photographer. His portraits seem to have a sense of the moment in his subjects' lives that makes us feel like everyone is as familiar as our own neighbor."

    July 26th, 2007

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    Perpetually says:

    "Impressive work. I can tell he is a photographer with a long history of great work and am excited to see even more. I am so pleased that he has chosen to critique and favorite my work and find it to be a great honor."

    June 15th, 2007

Kevin Downs
July 2006
Brooklyn, USA
Kevin C. Downs Photography
kevincdownsphoto [at]