Ann Kwong, 1957 - 2015

Ann Kwong, 1957 - 2015
Very sad news in the publishing community.  Ann Kwong passed away on January 17 of cancer.  Ann was an important part of the New York design and magazine world for thirty years.  
Ann started her career at design-innovative New York Woman magazine, which was owned by American Express Publishing, working under Fabien Baron in 1986.  There she hired photographers such as Mark Seliger, Frank Ockenfels, and Michael Thompson, at the very early stages of their careers.
When Fabien left, Ann become the Design Director of New York Woman until it was folded during the recession of 1992. Ann went on to work at Harper's Bazaar, Calvin Klein, Glamour, New Woman and landed at Cosmopolitan in 1998 where, for the next 15 years, she oversaw all of their editions and their transition to digital platforms. Ann was a mentor to many young designers and photo editors throughout her life. She is survived by her husband and two kids.

  • laurie rosenwald

    she was lovely to work with.

  • Theresa Izzillo

    To my mentor, supporter, and friend. You were a powerhouse. I miss you tremendously.


  • brook

    One of my favorite art directors I ever worked with. So much talent and so fun to work with. RIP Ann. The world needs more of you.

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