Youngho Kang was born in 1970, Seoul, South Korea.
He is well known as a commercial photographer in South Korea. His nickname is “Dancing Photographer”, a nickname given to him because of his unique shooting style, which is that while taking pictures he communicates with the model through dancing, or very much as a conductor, with music always playing in the background.
He graduated from Hongik University in South Korea, where his major was French Literature, which means that he has no special education in photography, but he still managed to in a short time become the top photographer in the commercial area. In this case he confesses that he was very lucky, getting chances like these. Given this, he has a powerful planning ability that is based in the humanities, which shines through in his directing ability that makes for compelling stories being visible in the pictures, as well as a unique ability of communicating, that extracts the inner, hidden expressions from a person. This, together with his luck, makes him the photographer he is.
Starting 2009, he extended his imagination towards fine art. This was the beginning of his unique works, titled “99 Variation”. In this work, he is taking pictures while facing the mirror while at the same time dancing and making changes to himself in various ways. And in 2012 he produced a unique documentary work titled “Miss President”, in which he was photographing the President’s back side. Through this work he extended his genre of photography.
In 2014, having found his own definition of art to be “a passionate effort that only he can do”, he is going into a new adventure, in which he is reaching beyond the identity of a photographer. He held a performance work, titled “99th Variation”, where he was in-between being a photographer, a performance artist, a media artist, all kinds of artists, in National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. He is now working while at the same time holding lectures on the “Oxymoronic power, Imagination”, in universities.
Born 1970, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea
1995 B.A. in French Language and Literature, Hongik University, Seoul
2014 <99th Variation>, Performance Exhibition, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2014 <99 Variations>, The VI International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA, Krasnodar, Russia
2014 <99 Variations>, Central Slovak Gallery, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
2013 <99 Variations>, House of art, Bratislava, Slovakia
2012 , Samsung Cheil Worldwide, Seoul, Korea
2011 < Documentary, Road for Hope >, KBS (Korea Broadcasting System), Seoul, Korea
2009 <99 Variations>, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 , Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 , Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Daegu, Korea
2014 , Nemo hall of Blue Square, Sponsored by Samsung Electronics, Seoul, Korea
2013 , Beyond Museum, Seoul, Korea
2013 <99 Variations>, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013, Ballarat, Australia
2012 , Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea
2012 , Yoo Art Space, Seoul, Korea
2009 , V-Gallery in Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2009 , Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea
2007 , Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2003 , Daelim Museum, Seoul, Korea
2003 , Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
VOGUE / BAZAAR / ELLE / W / marie claire / In Style / ESQUIER and More
About 600 commercial works including
Coca-Cola / MOTOROLA / SAMSUNG / LG / DUNKIN’ DONUTS / FISSLER/ OLIMPUS and 80 film posters
2011-2012 A Documentary of the first Korean female president, Park Geun Hye
2011-2012 The children and child slavery with KBS
2012 The Third generation of victims from defoliant in Vietnam
2012-2014 “Special lecture of fashion photograph”, Art of Graduate School, Hongik University
2011 “Humanities and society”, Department of Liberal Arts, Hongik University
2011 “Understanding of commercial photograph”, Department of Advertising & PR, Chung-Ang University
2007 “Understanding of Photo Art”, Kyung Hee University
2014 3rd place award in “International Photo Awards 2014 – Editorial: Environmental PROFESSIONAL”
“Weapon that kills the future-Agent Orange”
2014 A finalist in “LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014″
2012 Spikes Asia – Asia’s Creative Advertising Festival and Awards, Grand Prix,
“Samsung Electronics Insight Campaign”
2012 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Two Gold Lions in Promo & Activation,
“Samsung Electronics Insight Campaign”
2011 Korea Fashion Photographer of the Year
2012 Honorary Ambassador of Child Fund Korea
2010-2012 Member of Korail Design Deliberation Council
2009 Consultant of Presidential Council on Nation Branding
2007-2013 Creative Director of Fissler Korea Advertisement
"I brought a key (the camera), opened the door to the secret passage (the mirror), woke up my mythical archetypes, and lured them out into the world."
The world as seen standing just behind Park Geun-hye, the first female President of South Korea — a fascinating, unusual portrait series.
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