I'm a biracial Korean-American photographer who works in both South Korea and the USA. Frequent travel between these two countries has provided me a unique perspective of Korean identity and its relationship to both global and regional communities. Artistically, I consider myself a street photographer that sometimes takes the camera inside to tell personal stories. I am a member of Native Agency and Diversify Photo.
My work has been awarded by the Magnum Photography Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, LensCulture, Life Framer, IPA, MIFA, TIFA, as well as exhibited at the Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom. I've also been twice selected as a Critical Mass Top 50 artist by Photolucida and a three-time recipient of PDN's Annual Exposure Award. Additionally, I am an alumnus of the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop and named the 2017 Dorothy Liskey Wampler Eminent Professor in the School of Art, Design and Art History at James Madison University.
James Madison University - Harrisonburg, Virginia
MFA Studio Art
AUGUST 2005 - JUNE 2009
Virginia Intermont College - Bristol, Virginia
AUGUST 1997 - AUGUST 2001
Fare Adjustment, 2022
Reflections Inside the Seoul Metro, 2021
How To Draw a Line, 2020-Ongoing
This Is Not an Exit (Our Stage Four), 2019-2018
Heartfelt Welcome, 2018
Losing Face, 2017
School Memories: The Loss In Danwon High, 2017
Wrestling in the Streets of Seoul, 2016
Received Life Framer's Street Life Award, 1st place, judged by Bruce Gilden
Accepted into the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI and received an Eddie Adams Awards.
2018 - 2017
Named a Critical Mass Top 50 artist by Photolucida two years in a row.
2018 - 2016
Featured in PDN Emerging Photographer Magazine and received PDN’s Annual Exposure Award consecutively for three years.
Represent the USA as a first prize National Award winner by the Sony World Photography Awards.
Honored as a Dorothy Liskey Wampler Eminent Professor from James Madison University for my work with families affected by the Sewol Ferry Tragedy in South Korea.
2020 - Losing Face, McGlothin Center Art Gallery, Emory & Henry College, VA
2018 - GYOPO, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NY
2017 - School Memories: The Loss In Danwon High, New Image Gallery, James Madison University, VA
2022 - LensCulture NewYork2022, Caelum Gallery, NY
2021 - Storytellers, Zoom Photo Festival, Saguenay, CA
2020 & 2019 - Open Walls Arles, Galerie Huit Arles, FR
2018 - A Contemporary Reference of the Human Condition, Edition ONE Gallery, NM
2018 - Sensation Photography: Between or Border, Photoville, NY
2017 - On Freedom: Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Foundation, NY
2017 - Magnum Photography Awards Exhibition, The Photographers Gallery, UK
2017 - Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, UK
2017 - IPA Annual Best of Show, Lucie Foundation, NY