5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207, United States
San Joaquin Delta College which Kim Komenich attended from 1974 to 1976.
435 College Ave, Modesto, CA 95350, United States
The Science Center of Modesto Junior College where Kim Komenich studied from 1976 to 1977.
1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192, United States
San Jose State University where Kim Komenich earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979.
Kim Komenich received Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography for his photo essay 'The Fall of Ferdinand Marcos' which documents the 1986 revolution in the Philippines.
Kim Komenich in front of his works.
Kim Komenich with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. with Komenich’s book ‘Revolution Revisited’ issued to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
Kim Komenich speaks at the photo exhibition co-sponsored by the US-Philippines Society and dedicated to the 1986 revolution in the Philippines.
(A book includes Rick Rocamora's photographs of Filipino s...)
A book includes Rick Rocamora's photographs of Filipino soldiers who fought bravely during World War II with a preface by Kim Komenich
Kim Komenich attended San Joaquin Delta College from 1974 to 1976. Then, he spent a year at Modesto Junior College.
Komenich received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University in 1979.
Later, in 2007, he earned a Master of Arts degree from University of Missouri, Columbia.
Kim Komenich began his professional career in 1973 as a studio photographer at Forbis Studio in Modesto, California. Three years later, he left the post and joined the staff of the Manteca Bulletin where he had served as a photographer and reporter for one year.
After graduation from San Jose State University in 1979, Komenich was assigned a staff photographer at the Contra Costa Times. He worked there till 1982 when he occupied the same post at the San Francisco Examiner. He had held the post till 2000. While serving at Examiner, he also tried his hand as an educator teaching the photojournalism capstone ‘Picture Story and the Photographic Essay’ course at the University of Missouri from 1998 to 2000.
He was also a freelancer at Time, Stern, Life, United States News, and World Report and Newsweek.
After serving for nine years as a staff photographer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Kim Komenich accepted the proposition to teach at his alma mater, San José State University. By 2015, he became an assistant professor for new media studies. Nowadays, he also holds courses in video and multimedia photojournalism at Stanford University Continuing Studies.
In 2016, he issued a 70-minute documentary and a book titled Revolution Revisited where he re-examined the end days of the Ferdinand Marcos regime in the Philippines.
Kim Komenich photo essays include ‘The Fall of Ferdinand Marcos’ about the 1986 revolution in the Philippines, ‘Marco’s World’, his 1979 look at the life of a child with birth defects, and 1982’s ‘To Hell and Back’ which chronicles the recovery process of a burn victim. He has also provided photographs for a juvenile biography of an architect, 1996’s ‘The Success of Gordon H. Chong and Associates’ by Steven A. Chin.
(A book includes Rick Rocamora's photographs of Filipino s...)2008
(The book with photos by Kim Komenich introduces a success...)1996
"There’s a little drama, an interaction, that a photographer, if ready and in the right position, can use to tell a story just as well as words. It’s very important for me to get an action and a reaction in the frame at the same time if I can."
"There are photographers who set up and pose Pictures, which is the trend today, and I think it’s repulsive. I am much more interested in ‘decisive moment’ photography; news photos that, in a split second, tell the whole story. Stage-managed photos are too simple. They are often insulting to the reader."
Kim Komenich is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, Friends of Photography, and the Society of Professional Journalists.