THE ONES TO WATCH
Seunggu Kim, a South Korean photographer based in Seoul, captures the modern way of life in Korea. Focusing on the social ironies of Korean society, for example the unbalance between long working hours and leisure time, he shows us how Koreans navigate and become accustomed to new realities.
IP: What was your dream as a kid?
SK: I used to go to a small mountain near my house when I was a kid. I liked looking through the grass, and observing the movement of insects, so I wanted to be an entomologist.
IP: How did you get interested in photography?
SK: When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time alone. I took pictures outside every night, I thought I could express my feelings through empty space and the form of things.
IP : Can you describe your personal aesthetic? What do you like about your own photographs?
SK: I want to balance the unnatural elements in the rectangle Frame.
Michael is a self-taught Israeli photographer, working in both the commercial and fine art sector. His work catalogues his travel experiences in the US and Dublin, and his friends and family back home in Israel. We asked him a few questions to find out about his aesthetic, what pushed him into the world of photography, and what plans he has for the future.
IP: Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
MI: I was born in Russia, then the Soviet Union and raised in Israel. Besides a short stint in Dublin the last 10 years or so I live in Tel Aviv,
IP: How did you get started in photography? You mention you were self-taught, so how did you get inspired to pick up the camera?
MI: My late father was an avid amateur photographer, I remember the smell of his zenit's leather case, was always drawn to that. One of my earliest toys was a broken (german) camera from wwII my grandfather had.
IP: What do...
IP: Where do you live?
WYS: I live in Wuzhen, Zhejiang, and I am closer to Shanghai. I was born in Gansu and lived in Guangzhou for more than ten years.
IP: How did you start taking pictures?
WYS: I went to college and started to like photography. I have been a photojournalist for more than ten years, but I like photography as an art since college. Art photography is really interesting to me.
IP: How do you define your photography?
WYS: My photography is my watch. My work is self-centered and record my views on the world. I pay more attention to the unclear, abstract part of the real world, not just the recorded reality.
IP: How does travel affect your work?
WYS: Travel is a reason for my photography, but it is not the result. I have been to many places, but I don't care if personal works record these places exactly, or even deliberately avoid the tourist landscape. I kept tak...
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