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Byung-Hun Min was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1955. Min started out as a musician and vocalist, then a student of electronic engineering, before finally discovering photography. He turned to study photography in his late 20’s at the Soon-tae Hong studio, from where he has pursued a successful career in photography. He has been awarded the Dong-A International Photography Salon’s silver medal (1984).

Min’s black and white photography often represents nature and the environment; and his pictures aim to capture the essence of the Korean landscape. His photographs also draw references back to traditional Korean and East Asian art and culture, with a resemblance to Ink Scroll Paintings, floral themes, and a focus on simplicity and minimalist compositions. His pictures are often attributed to being able to capture the delicacy and silence of nature. Min’s photographs also require effort on the part of the viewer, the subject of his pictures may be obscured, like the canvas of a greenhouse in his Weeds series; or obscured by light, like in the Snow land series; or the subject may be in the distance beyond a fog-like vale, forcing the viewer to focus his attention persistently in order to have the subject of the picture revealed, as in the Trees and Flowers series.

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Mois de la Photo

13.11.2014 - 03.01.2015

Biography

Born in 1955 in Seoul, Korea.
Lives and works in Seoul.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011   
- La Galerie Particulière, Paris    
- HANMI Museum of Photography, Seoul
- CAIS GALLERY, Seoul

2010   
- The Museum of Photography, Seoul
- Cais Gallery, Seoul

2009   
- LEEHAWIK Gallery, Seoul

2008   
- CAIS GALLERY, Seoul

2007   
- Gallery KONG, Seoul
- Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica
- Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris

2006   
- KIM HYUN JOO Gallery, Seoul
- CAIS Gallery, Seoul

2004   
- Hanmi Museum of photography, Seoul

2003   
- Dosi Gallery, Busan
- Hyundai Art Gallery, Ulsan
- CAIS Gallery, Seoul

2002   
- Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe

2001  
- CAIS Gallery, Seoul
- Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris

1999   
- Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
- Jan Kesner Gallery, LA

1998   
- Time Space, Seoul
- CAIS Gallery, Seoul
- L.A. International, Jan Kesner Gallery, LA

1996   
- Gaain Gallery, Seoul

1995   
- Gaain Gallery, Seoul

1993   
- Gallery Mac, Seoul

1985   
- Pinrhill Gallery, Seoul

1984   
- Pinrhill Gallery, Seoul


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011    
- Goyang Cultural Foundation, Ilsan, Korea

2010     
- 21 & Their Times, Kumho Museum of Art Seoul
- A Positive View, Somerest House, London
- Chaotic Harmony, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

2009   
- 2009 Odyssey, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
- Photography Now : China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
- Chaotic Harmony : Contemporary Korean Photography, The museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2008    
- Visual Art of Today, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
- Dak'Art 2008, Dakar Biennale, Dakar

2007    
- Painterly Photos, LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul
- Korean Contemporary Art 2007, Blue & White, Gallery KONG, Seoul
- Landscape of Korean Contemporary Photography, NamSeoul Annex       
- Building of the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

2006    
- Art of focus, Soka Contemporary space, Beijing

2005    
- Byung-hun Min & Bo-hee Kim, Hyun-joo Kim Gallery, Seoul
- DEUX Photographers, Galerie Lumen, Paris
- Korea and Japan Photography Exhibition, SIPA, Seoul Art Center, Seoul

2004    
- Photographers- Recent Works, White Wall Gallery, Seoul
- Mark Making, Schneider Museum of Art, Oregon
- Photographers - Reading the 6 Codes, Sunggok Art Museum, Seoul

2003    
- True Landscape, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwachon
- Crossing 2003, The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii
- Photo Festival 2003 - Forbidden, Gana Art Center, Seoul
- A Vague Scene, Yoo Art Space, Seoul

2002    
- The Nude, Savina Museum, Seoul
- Joo Myung Duck, Koo Bohn Chang and Min Byung hun, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

2001    
- Sight of Korean Art, Sunggok Art Museum, Seoul
- Awakening, Australian Centre for Photography, New South Wales, Australia
- Art in Life, Gallery Art Hyundai, Seoul

2000    
- La Corée : Figures et Paysage, Centre Culturel Coreen en France, Paris
- Autumn Aroma, Gallery Hello Art, Seoul   
- Contemporary Korean Photographers, FOTOFEST 2000, Houston
- La Beauté et L'ordre, Gallery Roh, Seoul

1999    
- The 10th Anniversary Exhibition,  Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
- Korean Contemporary Art Trends 90s, llen Kim Murphy Gallery, Seoul
- Korean Contemporary Photography, LA County Museum, LA
- 35mm Personal Scenes, SK Photo Gallery, Seoul
- La Corée : Figures et Paysage, Hanlim Museum, Daejeon
- The Traveling Art Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwachon

1998    
- Reality and Fantasy - Visual Extension, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwachon
- History of Korean Photography, Seoul Art Center, Seoul
- Beyond the Lands, The Reincarnation of Photography, Meza Fine Art, Miami
- Body and Photography, Hanlim Museum, Daejeon
- Alienation and Assimilation, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

1997     
- 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Jan Kesner Gallery, LA.
- Seoul Photography Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul
- Monochrome (Nature & Soul), Gallery Art Beam, Seoul

1996    
- Seoul International Art Fair Special Exhibition for the Vision of the 21st Century, Korea Trade Center, Seoul
- Our Photography, Sprits of Today 1996, Indeco Gallery, Seoul
- Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
- Photography, New Vision, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwachon
- Photography As It Is, Samsung Photo Gallery, Seoul

1995     
- Our Photography, Sprits of Today 1995, Indeco Gallery, Seoul
- Perspective of Korean Photography, Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul
- '95 Environmental Photo Exhibition, Seoul Art Center, Seoul

1994     
- Modern Photography of Korea, Indeco Gallery, Seoul
- Photo Exhibition, Centennial Celebration of Donghak Revolution, Seoul Art Center, Seoul                   
- Trends of Korea Modern Photography, Seoul Art Center, Seoul
- '94 Photography, New Wind, Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul

1993     
- Photography and Image, Sunjae Museum, Seoul
- DMZ Arts Cultural Movement Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul
- '93 Korea Contemporary Photography, Seoul Art Center, Seoul


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

       - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
       - Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
       - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
       - The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii
       - Fogg Museum, Havard University, Cambridge, MA
       - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
       - Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris (F.N.A.C)
       - Brookings Institution, Washington DC
       - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA
       - Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon
       - Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
       - Daelim Museum of Art, Seoul
       - National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwachon
       - Seoul Art Center, Seoul
       - Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
       - SAMSUNG Collection
       - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japa

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Byung-Hun Min was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1955. Min started out as a musician and vocalist, then a student of electronic engineering, before finally discovering photography. He turned to study photography in his late 20’s at the Soon-tae Hong studio, from where he has pursued a successful career in photography. He has been awarded the Dong-A International Photography Salon’s silver medal (1984). Min’s black and white photography often represents nature and the environment; and his pictures aim to capture the essence of the Korean landscape. His photographs also draw references back to traditional Korean and East Asian art and culture, with a resemblance to Ink Scroll Paintings, floral themes, and a focus on simplicity and minimalist compositions. His pictures are often attributed to being able to capture the delicacy and silence of nature. Min’s photographs also require effort on the part of the viewer, the subject of his pictures may be obscured, like the canvas of a greenhouse in his Weeds series; or obscured by light, like in the Snow land series; or the subject may be in the distance beyond a fog-like vale, forcing the viewer to focus his attention persistently in order to have the subject of the picture revealed, as in the Trees and Flowers series.

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