Kim Taylor Reece
Hawaii's Cultural Photographer
Hawaii's foremost fine art photographer, Kim has been studying the hula kahiko for 40 years. A catalyst of Hawaii's cultural renaissance of the 80s, his photography captures the mystery and magic of this dance, which for generations has excited the imaginations of people around the world.
In his research, Kim has traveled with the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, enabling him to study and work with dancers from more than 35 different Pacific Islands. His extensive research of costumes and dances of the early Hawaiians captures the spirit and essence of this ancient ritual.
His unique style has established the visual standards for hula kahiko. As millions encounter Kim's work every day, his art helps to preserve the hula and enrich lives.
Kim's award winning photography has brought him worldwide recognition. Over the years Kim has received 15 Pele Awards, Print Magazine Awards, The First Kahili Award HVB, Travel Journalism Awards, and National Community Service Awards. His images have been acquired by collectors, dignitaries, and collections internationally.
He studied art at Long Beach State in California and was told to change majors due to his color blindness. He uses this to his advantage in capturing the subtleties of the hula kahiko in black and white. He uses the sepia tone to represent the timelessness of the dance.
For those who appreciate the hula, Kim Taylor Reece has devoted his talents to the celebration of Hawaii's ancient dance. e komo mai - come and experience.