I’m an emerging photographer with an MFA in Studio Arts, currently based in Seoul, South Korea. As a Korean-American who grew up in a rural area near Charlottesville, Virginia, I have a unique perspective of Korean identity and its relationship to both global and regional communities. My street photography seeks out and investigates the unseen, unacknowledged citizens of Seoul: cosplay groups, back-alley wrestlers, and underground drag queens. Meanwhile, by having documented the notorious Sewol Ferry Tragedy of 2014, the passing of Thailand’s King Bhumibol, and also that of a close family member, I have had humbling and life-changing opportunities to explore the subjects of death, grief, and loss on both an international and personal scale.
I’m a South Korean photographer, born in Seoul and raised in the port city of Donghae. In 2014, I began to practice photography seriously after having an epiphany: that photography could express something “other,” something which cannot be defined by written or spoken language. Since this revelation, I think of photography as an act of meditation and use it to reflect upon myself and delve deeper into my subconscious. My projects represent different states of mind born from different aspects of “myself”. I use my camera as a way to acknowledge these personal realities and explore them within Korean society.
My name is Joseph Chung and I’m a Korean-American street photographer based in Seoul, South Korea. While I was born in Seoul, I grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City and it was there my interest in photography began. In 2011, I returned to Seoul and became deeply interested in exploring aspects of the urban city and its inhabitants. Photography has a magical power to freeze time, and with my camera I hope to leave records worth seeing and remembering.