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Jungjin Lee

Jungjin Lee

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Jungjin Lee (born 1961) is a Korean photographer and artist. Lee currently lives and works in New York City.


Jungjin Lee was born in Korea in 1961. She studied calligraphy in childhood and majored in ceramics at Hongik University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in 1984. After graduating Lee worked as a photo journalist and later as a freelance photographer. In 1987, she immersed herself for one year in a project focused on documenting the life of an old man who made his living hunting for wild ginseng. This experience motivated Lee to become a photographer and expand her technical knowledge of photography by traveling to New York and enrolling in New York University to pursue an MA in photography. While in New York, Lee worked for the iconic photographer Robert Frank whose famous travels across the United States may have influenced Lee’s own decision to take a road trip across the United States. In her travels she encountered the American Desert, a landscape that she is deeply moved by and which becomes the subject of several of her photographic series, including Desert (1990–94), American Desert I – IV (1990-1996), On Road (2000–01), Wind (2004-07) and Remains (2012 - ). Lee photographs these barren landscapes when they are transformed by the tumultuous weather, discarded refuse, decaying structures and by her own photographic process.

Series of Works

  • A Lonely Cabin in a Far Island (1987–88)
  • Untitled (1989)
  • Desert (1990–94)
  • American Desert I (1990–92)
  • American Desert II (1994)
  • American Desert III, Self Portrait (1993–94)
  • American Desert IV (1994–95)
  • Untitled (1997–99)
  • Pagodas (1998)
  • Ocean (1999)
  • On Road (2000–01)
  • Buddha (2002)
  • Wall (2003–04)
  • Thing (2003–06)
  • Wind (2004–07)
  • Remains (2012-)
  • Breath (2009-)
  • Unnamed Road (2010-12)
  • Everglades (2014–15)
  • Opening (2015-16)

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Retrospective ”ECHO”, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2017 Andrea Bae Gallery, "Everglades/Opening", Chicago, USA
  • 2016 Fotomuseum Winterthur, Retrospective "ECHO" Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 2016 Stephan Witschi Gallery, "Everglades", Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015 Howard Greenberg Gallery, “Works From Everglades And Unnamed Road”, New York, USA
  • 2015 Stephan Witschi Gallery,“Unnamed Road”, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015 Camera Obscura Gallery, “Unnamed Road”, Paris, France
  • 2013 Andrea Robbi Museum, “Thing,” St.Moritz, Switzerland
  • 2011 Aperture Gallery, “Wind By Jungjinlee,” New York, USA
  • 2008 Goeun Museum Of Photography, “Road To The Wind,” Busan, Korea
  • 2002 The Museum Of Photography, "Buddha," Seoul, Korea
  • 1995 PaceMacGill Gallery "Self Portrait," New York, USA
  • 1989 Camera Club Of New York "A Lonely Cabin In A Far Away Island," New York, USA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 Brooklyn Museum, "This Place", Brooklyn, NY
  • 2015 Norton Museum Of Art, “Imaging Eden: Everglades”, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  • 2015 Tel Aviv Museum, “This Place”, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2014 This Place, DOX Centre For Contemporary Art, Prague
  • 2012-13 Los Angeles County Museum Of Art “Moments Measured,” Los Angeles, USA
  • 2011 Denver Art Museum “Dirty Pictures,” Denver, USA
  • 2010 Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, “Chaotic Harmony,” Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • 2009 Houston Museum Of Art, “Contemporary Korean Photography, CHAOTIC HARMONY.” Houston, USA
  • 2008 2008 National Museum Of Contemporary Art, "Korean Contemporary Photography1948~2008," Seoul, Korea
  • 2004 2004 Noviy Manezh, "Korean Landscape- The Spritual World Within The Scenery," Organized By Seoul Museum Of Art, Moscow
  • 2000 Odense Foto Triennale "Slowness," Odense, Denmark
  • 1996 Whitney Museum Of American Art "Perpetual Mirage: Photography Narratives Of The Desert West," New York.
  • 1994 L.A. County Museum "New York From The Collections," Los Angeles, USA
  • 1985 Paris Museum Of Modern Art, Paris, France

Works in Public Collections

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe
  • Norton Museum of Art
  • Akron Art Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • J.P. Morgan
  • FNAC
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
  • Art Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
  • The Museum of Photography, Seoul
  • Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
  • Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

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