KOO Bohnchang
(b.1953, Korea)

Bohnchang KOO is a world renowned Korean photographer. He creates elegant and peaceful photographs of various imagery with his most famous pieces depicting Joseon white porcelain. Other works display small objects or empty rooms and boxes bathed in a soft light. These opens spaces offer themselves to dreams and interpretations, and to pay homage to the simple aspects of our daily lives. The images he photographs are unique yet simple, appreciated for their unadorned beauty.


During his artistic process, Koo sets the camera up with a focus that is often soft with a narrow depth of field. He uses older film cameras to take long exposure images, and then prints them to apply whispers of pigment on traditional Japanese paper. The final result is a weightless print that offers a meditative trance.


Koo Bohnchang attended Yonsei University majoring in Business Administration and later studied photography in Hamburg, Germany. He was a professor at Kaywon School of Art and Design, Chung Ang University, Seoul Institute of the Arts and a visiting professor in London Saint Martin School. His works have been exhibited in over 30 solo exhibitions including Samsung Rodin Gallery (Seoul), Peabody Essex Museum (Massachusetts, USA), Camera Obscura (Paris), Kukje Gallery (Seoul) and Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art (Kyoto, Japan), Goeun Museum of Photograph (Busan, Korea), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, USA) and many more. His work is featured in collections around the USA, Japan, Iceland, France, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, and Korea.

Seoul Auction — 5th Black Lots Sep. 06, 2018
Christie's Hong Kong — Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale) Nov. 26, 2017
Seoul Auction — Ex-President Collection Dec. 18, 2013
Seoul Auction — 125th Modern and Contemporary Sep. 26, 2012
Seoul Auction — 1.2.3 Auction Dec. 20, 2009
Sale: Seoul Auction — The 2nd Art Shopping Nov. 07, 2009
Sale: Seoul Auction — Modern & Contemporary Art Auction Jun. 29, 2009

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