There’s a certain eye to Kenny Yip’s photography. There’s usually some sort of skin showing, there’s usually some sort of grittiness, and there’s a bit of a contrast when it comes to the imagery. Better known as inkedKenny online, you’ve probably already seen his photos on Instagram or in one of a growing number of queer publications that have emerged over the last eight years. And now, the photographer has gotten his own retrospective show at Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum.
The exhibition is not the photographers first. He’s shown his work in Toronto, Ottawa, New York City, Montreal, Sydney, Chicago, and San Francisco. In fact, in addition to the about 20 rotating photos to be housed in the Archives, Yip will be hosting a satellite exhibit through the duration of the show at Full Kit Gear in Chicago.
Here, we talk to the roving photographer about how he got started in photography back in 2009 and how he approaches his art today...
"MEN as Seen Through the Lens of inkedKenny" is on view at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago through June 7.