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November 6, 2008
Tree #5 is the latest in our most successful series of signed limited edition prints by Myoung Ho Lee, a student, lecturer and photographer based in Seoul, Korea. It is being offered in a special edition of 30 prints. The image size of this archival pigment print is approximately 25 x 60 cm. The paper size is approximately 61 cm x 74 cm. Starting price is $750 plus shipping from our offices in California. Prices may increase.
Myoung Ho Lee attracted international acclaim when his series Tree was first published online by Lens Culture (www.lensculture.com) in July 2007. Within days, more than 200 other websites and blogs had reproduced his images and pointed to the original article and images in Lens Culture. The buzz continues today, with reproductions of his photographs gracing the covers and inner pages of many high-profile national and international print magazines (of all genres, including art, ecology, entertainment, home decorating, news and men’s fashion), and more than 500 websites referring to his work. His photographs are in the collections of institutions and individual collectors in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. His work has recently attracted the attention of a very prominent fine art gallery in New York City, with plans for a solo show in Spring 2009.
Myoung Ho Lee's Tree series has prompted references to diverse traditions in the history of photography, including landscape photography, anthropological field studies, studio portraiture, fashion, staged photography, cinematic projections, surrealism, and billboard advertising.
Even though Myoung Ho Lee has been practicing photography for several years (he earned his BA in Photography in 2003, and his Masters in Photography in 2005), it was his conceptual series Tree that catapulted him into celebrity status on the internet and in pop culture. He is struggling to balance his instant fame with his working life. In addition to his artistic pursuits, he teaches photography at Joon-Ang University in Seoul, where he is also working toward his Ph.D. in Photography.
Born in 1975, Myoung Ho Lee had his first solo exhibitions in May 2007 at Factory Gallery, and at Gallery 1964, both in Seoul. Earlier this year he was one of two photography-based artists to be included in the first InterAlia group show of emerging artists in Korea, which has quickly become the most prestigious national venue for visual artists in Korea. Myoung Ho Lee is the recipient of several awards, including the first Young Photographer’s Award, from the Photo Artist’s Society of Korea in 2005; Korea’s Photography Critic’s Award in 2006, and a grant from the Culture and Art Fund from the Arts Council of Korea in 2007. His work is represented by Gallery Zandari in Seoul, Korea.
Foam magazine (Holland) published a very nice 16-page article about Myoung Ho Lee's work in its July 2008 issue. You can download a PDF of that article here.
Signed, limited edition prints of Tree #1, Tree #2, Tree #3 and Tree #5 are sold online via Lens Culture Editions.