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Myoung Ho Lee

Myoung Ho Lee, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art


1975, Deajeon


Photography, Media



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Photography-Act Project: Camera Lucida, Camera Obscura..._curated by Kang Jae-Hyun
Myoung Ho Lee

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Myoung Ho Lee’s photograph puts great emphasis on the act and process of engaging in nature. For instance, in his most well known work, 'Tree Series', he stretched and lifted up a white canvas in the back of a gigantic tree rooted in an open field and captured the moment. To take one photograph, he undergoes the processes of choosing the tree after making a lengthy exploration of the place and waiting for a proper season and time for shooting. In 'Mirage Series' done by similar processes, he set a long canvas over the empty plain in the middle of the bleak desert to cause an optical illusion as if the sea unfolds in front of a viewer. These works with the backdrop of Mother Nature that were created by artist's elaborate plan and tremendous drive defamiliarize the familiar landscapes as well as identify the existence of hidden objects. This exhibition consists of a bright room and a dark room as the title states. 6 works from 'Tree Series' were installed in each different room to concentrate on each work; the white canvas brings out clearly the form and color of the tree. Besides 'Tree #3_work view' shows that the tree is much bigger than often thought. The unexpected two dimensional scene which was presented in the three dimensional space brings a visual effect that makes the object look as if a painting. This setting, which seems that someone put a tree on a white canvas to observe makes a viewer rediscover the tree and have an unrealistic visual experience. Each of 'Tree Series' and 'Mirage Series' were placed in each of the bright room and dark room. Through this way of displaying, Myoung Ho Lee leads us to defamiliarize the time and space by creating all the contrasts between something exists and non-exist, visible and invisible, bright and dark, and vertical and horizontal. Moreover, he suggests us think about the original meaning of the ways to represent and look at the object, borrowing the words, 'Camera Lucida' that means a bright room and 'Camera Obscura' that means a dark room.


2006 Graduate School, Joong-Ang University, M.F.A. in Dept. of Photography, Seoul, Korea
2003 College of Arts, Joong-Ang University, B.F.A. in Dept. of Photography, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2015 See-Sea&Seed, Sea Art Festival, Busan, Korea
2014 Myoung Ho Lee Solo Exhibition, 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, China
2013 Photography-Act Project: Camera Lucida, Camera Obs, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2012 Myoung Ho Lee Show, Gallery Jungmiso, Seoul, Korea
2010 Photography-Act Project, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2009 Tree, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, United States
Myoung Ho Lee Solo Exhibition, The National Art Studio, Seoul, Korea
2007 Tree, Gallery Factory, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2016 Nirvana, VDNKh, Moscow, Russia
Being In Nature, Museum San, wonju, Korea
2015 Real in Irreal, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
The Treachery of Images, Gallery of Classic Photography Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2014 Different Dimension, Novosibirsk International Photography Festival, Novosibirsk, Russia
Voyage to Biennale: 50 years of Contemporary Korean Art in Overseas Biennale, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Horizontes, Encuentros Abiertos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Basically. Forever., Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Reflected, Fotografie Musum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Nederland
2013 Constructed Visions, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, United States
Who is Alice?, Venice Biennale, Venezia, Italy
B.reath, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2012 Conceptual Thinking, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
Images of Silence, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon, Korea
2011 Ficcione Asiatica, University of Lima Museum of Art, ,
In Focus: The Tree, The Jean Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, United States
2010 Aspects of Korean Photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
Transphotographiques, Palais Rameau Museum, Lille, France
2009 Asia Contemporary Art Project: City_Net Asia 2009, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008 The Magic of Photography, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
2007 Light of Academy, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China


2009 Sungkok Art Award, Sungkok Art Museum
2006 Photo Critic Award, The Committee of Photo Critic Award


The Jean Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, United States
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
BnF(Bibliothèque nationale de France), Paris, France
Fotografie Musum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Nederland
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Austrailia
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
Museo Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina
Museo Provincial de Bella Arte, San Juan, Argentina
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Art Bank, Seoul, Korea
Hermès International, Paris, France
LVMH Foundation, Paris, France
Ladureé, Paris, France
Air France, Paris, France
Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Museum of Art Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Deutsche Bank, Hongkong, China
BES(Banco Espírito Santo), Lisbon, Portugal
Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, United States
Fidelity Investments, New York, United States
Amana Holdings, Tokyo, Japan
Kolon, Gwacheon, Korea
Hana Bank, Seoul, Korea
Eagon Industry, Seoul, Korea
Dongwha Group, Seoul, Korea
Daishin Securities, Seoul, Korea
Hyundai Card, Seoul, Korea