Awesome leading South Korean photographers in 2021

photo: Hein-kuhn oh

We take a deep dive into some of the leading South Korean photographers. From new emerging photographers to more established artists, this is our pick for 2021.

South Korean photographers

Rala Choi

One can’t write about South Korean photographers without including Rala Choi, a film photographer from Seoul, Korea. Preferring analogue to digital he creates rich saturated photographs that at times look and feel more like paintings. His photography is minimalistic, rich and thoughtful. 

Nude in chair Rala Choi
Photo: Rala Choi
Rala Choi photographer
Photo: Ralal Choi

Choi has a broad mix of commercial clients; this can sometimes lead to a disjointed vision; however, for Choi, he has created a lovely balance between his personal and commercial work. 

nude Rala Choi
Photo: Rala Choi
Rala Choi
Photo: Rala Choi
Korean contemporary photography Rala Choi
Photo: Rala Choi
Two ladies Rala Choi
Photo: Rala Choi

Hasisi Park

Hasisi Park is another South Korean analogue photographer. Much of her personal work centres around her family and home life. She was a film student in London when she fell in love with photography. Now living in South Korea, she splits her practice between her personal work, commercial work, and film making.

Hasisi Park
Photo: Hasisi Park

Ji Yeo

New York-based Ji Yeo is best known for her work focusing on ideas of beauty in contemporary culture. Her series ‘The Beauty Recovering Room’ deals with young women recovering from beauty-enhancing surgery.

The photographer herself once considered going under the knife but instead decided to document these young women. “The reason I started this project because I had my ownself-esteem issues. In high school, my only goal was to become pretty.”, she said. 

Ji Yeo project
Photo: Ji Yeo

Her series ‘Somewhere on the Path I See You’, is an incredibly intimate body of work concentrating on women with eating disorders and anxieties. 

She continues to exhibit her work internationally and work on new projects.

Ji Yeo Beauty Recovery Room
Photo: Ji Yeo
Ji Yeo Beauty Recovery Room
Photo: Ji Yeo

Kim Haru

Another new wave Asian photographer. From the legions of new photographers desperate to make it with a film camera and on-camera flash. Kim Haru captures something more interesting than most street scenes, young urban Korean fashion brands and nightlife.

This aesthetic captures the look and feel of 2020, it might not be timeless, but new fashion brands love it.

Hein Kuhn Oh

Hein Kuhn Oh was Born in 1963, he began his work as a street photographer, centering around groups of Korean people, subsets of Korean culture. His career began after graduating from Ohio University.

He shoots in both colour and black and white depending on the project. His work very much focussed on the person or set of people.

Hein-Kuhn Oh has published five monographs from 1999 to 2011. He has also participated in several group exhibitions and solo shows in that time.

Hein Kuhn Oh
Photo: Hein Kuhn Oh

He splits his work between personal and commercial and has in fact shot many album covers for various Korean bands and solo artists.

Hein Kuhn Oh currently works as an associate professor at Kaywon School of Art and Design. Is represented by Kukje Gallery in Seoul.

Hein Kuhn Oh
Photo: Hein Kuhn Oh
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photo: Hein Kuhn Oh

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