Showing posts with label Korea photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Korea photography. Show all posts

JeeYoung Lee

Lee JeeYoung Né / Born : Korea, 1983
Vit et travaille / Lives and works : Seoul, South Korea

Recently graduated from Seoul’s Hongik University in her native South Korea, JeeYoung Lee shoots the invisible. Whereas traditional photography submits extracts of reality to our eyes, the artist offers excerpts from her heart, her memory, or her dreams. Restrained by the inherent limits of the conventional photographic medium, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance to it, in order to blow life into her immense needs of expression, and interrogation.

For weeks , sometimes months, she creates the fabric of a universe born from her mind within the confines of her 3 x 6 m studio. She does so with infinite minutiae and extraordinary patience, in order to exclude any ulterior photographic alteration. Thus materialised, these worlds turn real and concretise : imagination reverts to the tangible and the photo imagery of such fiction testify as to their reality.  In the midst of each of these sets stands the artist : those self-portraits however are never frontal, since it is never her visual aspect she shows, but rather her quest for an identity, her desires and her frame of mind. Her imaginary is a catharsis which allows her to accept social repression and  frustrations. The moment required to set the stage gives her time to meditate about the causes of her interior conflicts and hence exorcise them; once experienced, they in turn become portents of hope.

Recipient of multiple artistic awards including the Sovereign Art Prize (2012), JeeYoung Lee is one the the most promising up-and-rising figureheads of the younger Korean artistic world. Her Photographs have already found their way into public collections such as th Kyoto Photographic Museum in Japan, the Incheon Foundation for Art and Culture, or even Seoul’s OCI Museum.

Kyungwoo Chun

Chun puts portraiture in a new position. The core of Chun’s intriguing method portraiture lies in the prolonged exposure time. Often the exposition time lasts the subject’s age in minutes, but it can also go up to several hours. The effect of this method is that the subjects being photographed become blurred figures, nonetheless with a certain expressiveness.
What fascinates the photographer most is that this kind of portrait photography requires the people involved to spend a long time in the same room together. This technique injects the image with a lot of energy and empathy.
Photographing people involves, in a way, according to Chun, an exchange of souls. What is essential to the creation is how the individual uses time during the exposure. The photographer repeatedly enters into dialogue with his subjects. As the model has an active role to play, movements and minor changes of position on the chair are all explicitly allowed. The energy that this creates resonates in the result. Long exposition time not only influences the intensification and sublimation of relations between the photographer and his model. It also directly influences the form and content of the images.

Kyungwoo Chun was born in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Chung-Ang University’s School of Fine Arts in Seoul. He works in Germany and Seoul. Hatje Cantz published his monograph.