Busan, South Korea
Sanghyuk Yoon is a fine art photographer who was born in 1983 in Busan, South Korea. He holds a BA in Chinese from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (2011) and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media (2014).
Sanghyuk's work has been exhibited in Seoul, Korea; Cambridge, England; and New York City, USA. He received a Chairman's Grant from the School of Visual Arts; he was selected as a winner of the annual contest of Photo District News Magazine in 2013; and his work was featured in The New Yorker Photo Booth in 2014.
2013 - Photo Annual 2013, Photo District News Magazine, 2011 - Chairman Grant, School of Visual Arts
- Still life
I would like to raise questions about territories between culture and nature. I have an impression that we human beings dig up the ground, and construct our own world for ourselves, not for animals, plants and Mother Nature. I believe that the earth has been re-imagined and reconstituted based on human desire and needs. But how do animals and plants fit into or accept this situation and space? They may embrace this new world as their environment, but spaces built by humans desire recreate nature and strip it of its true character. This project originated in sympathy towards nature.
Living in a city that doesn't sleep under fancy neon signs is exciting and fabulous, but on the dark side of it, it's isolated, brutal, and dangerous. The larger the city, stronger the phenomenon. The city that I live in, New York, is really amazing and attractive, but sometimes shows anxiety and danger. The homeless overflow out on the streets and the insane increase every minute. The world is growing insane. But it's not easy for us to pay attention to the socially weak. Only the neglected whom live among the many and the unspecified persons exist. People usually live in their private spaces, such as apartments or offices. Most of the people are too busy trying to live their lives. They only take in to account on themselves and the people that matters, and nobody else. The people in the city always lives in competition, and those whom fail in the competition will face failure. The city is fabulous, but cold.