Words by Sheila Lam
Photography by Justin Chung

Yunice Kang & Chris Elrath, Sanso and Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Along a backwater bend in the Los Angeles River path, across the way from Elysian Valley Park, is a retail studio, Sanso, filled with Jurassic-like plants and ceramic vessels. Further down the river is a fine art photo lab, Contact, where maestros and neophytes alike come together to use the last community darkroom in Los Angeles. Both spaces are a home-from-home for husband and wife duo, Yunice Kang and Chris McElrath. Here, in the spaces they shaped, a community has formed over time. Together, the duo has collaborated with over 100 artists and institutions, including Ed Ruscha, Amanda Charchian, and LACMA.
We’re told that society is becoming more tribal. But perhaps the antidote to the tribe is true community — a diverse group of individuals drawn together by a simple link, such as an interest in photography or the fact of a zip code. Kang and McElrath both studied photography in college, where their collaboration started. Ever since, they’ve dedicated their careers to bringing new people and talent together.

Full story available in Faculty Department Vol. 2

Photographed in 2019 – Los Angeles, CA