Photojournalist Paul Kuroda is passionate about documenting people living on the margins. Mining his home state of California, he has told the stories of terrors faced by Asian and Latino gangs, of struggles endured by migrant farmworkers, and of the torn loyalties immigrants wedged between cultures face when they isolate themselves from the homeland to adapt to a new territory.
The best of his images show an empathetic eye and an attraction to capturing the human drama, with his lens focused on the experiences of those who exist away from the mainstream. Quick, persuasive, and original, Kuroda has worked at the Orange County Register, the Torrance Daily Breeze, and the Associated Press, along with stints at National Geographic and Time magazine.
He has covered four Super Bowls, dodged flames at historic wildfires, trailed protesters at riots and other civil unrest, and chronicled the aftermath of major earthquakes. Kuroda's work is currently seen in the San Francisco Chronicle and Zuma Press Images. He will be covering the Tokyo Olympics in Summer 2021.
He is a two-time Pulitzer finalist and the winner of the 1990 NPPA/Pictures of the Year "National Newspaper Photographer of the Year" with a portfolio detailing the dangerous journey of illegal immigration Diego-Tijuana border, the busiest land-border crossing in the world. Kuroda was born in Fresno and now lives in the San Francisco Bay area.