Color Box 08, 2005

KOO Bohnchang  (b. 1953, Korea)

artist

KOO Bohnchang

media

Photograph

Print Method

Archival pigment print

Edition of

10

orientation

Portrait

color

Blue

region

Republic of Korea

Dimensions

150 x 110 cm / 59 x 43.3 in.

price-range

10,000 – 49,999 USD

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.

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