Dae Soo Kim

Dae Soo Kim has turned bamboo, which the Far East considers one of the four plants celebrated by the scholars, into an object (*). As the Chinese character ‘竹’ for bamboo illustrates, the straightness of bamboo symbolizes the uprightness of man. When the photographer’s attention is focused on the characteristic image of bamboo and its leaves, he captures the very substance of the Far Eastern spirit. Through his photographic skills, a part of the quintessential spirit of the Far East has been expressed visually. Dae Soo Kim uses the technical possibilities of photography for the visual representation of the spirit of the Far East. He shows us the image in negative and, in doing so, reverses our view of the world. The inverted pictures refer to the interaction between Yin and Yang, and thus present the metaphysics of the Far East in an abstract, i.e. geometric way. Furthermore, the construction of the image and the gradation from black to white, which intersect the long line of the trunk and the short line of the node, show us the teaching of Yin and Yang and the subtle aesthetic perception of the Far East. In her bamboo pictures, Dae Soo Kim introduces us to the anthropological significance of bamboo and the Far Eastern vision of Nature. In these countries, bamboo is not simply an object for man, but a subject that can have exchanges with man. Kim’s photos of bamboo should not be interpreted and evaluated from the point of view of the West, but from the point of view of the Far East. In his book “Orientalism, the East created by the West”, E. Said wrote that Eastern culture should not be interpreted or evaluated according to Western standards, because the East is for itself an East; it is therefore reasonable, if one wants to appreciate Kim’s bamboo photos at their true value, to take into account that, in the culture of the Far East, bamboo has an ethical dimension.

1955  Born / work in Seoul, Korea

  • 1979 – 1980 Worked in The Office of Planning & Coordination of Daewoo Company
  • 1987 – 1988 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • 1988 – 1993 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Photography, Sangmyong Univ.
  • 1989 – 2005 Graduate School of Industrial Art, Ewha Woman’s Univ.
  • 2001 – 2002 Exchange Professor, Dept. of Photography, Nihon Univ.
  • 2011 – 2012 Artist Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
  • 1993 – Present, Professor, Dept. of Visual Communication, Hongik Univ.
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  • Education
  • 1975 – 1979 B.F.A., Dept. of Applied Art, College of Fine Arts, Hongik Univ., Seoul, Korea
  • 1980 – 1981 Studied at Dept. of Photo-Design, Graduate School of Industrial Art, Hongik Univ. Korea
  • 1981 – 1983 B.F.A., Photography, Parsons School of Design, N.Y. U.S.A
  • 1983 – 1987 M.F.A., Photography, Pratt Institute, N.Y. U.S.A

Solo Shows

  • 2021 Gallery Choi Jung-Ah, Seoul, Korea
  • 2021 « SOOP », Galerie PJ, Metz, France
  • 2019 « sky Land and Manscape », Lucida Gallery, JinJu, Korea
  • 2018 « DaeSoo Kim Photography », Art Gallery JeonJu, JeonJu, Korea
  • 2018 « The Garden of Letters », Seoi Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2017 « Sky Wind Stars and Me », Gallery BK, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 « DaeSoo Kim Photography », Francoise Livinec, Paris, France
  • 2015 « DaeSoo Kim Photography », Gallery AChim, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 « New Wave in Korean Photography 1988-1998 », GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea
  • 2014 « DaeSoo Kim Photographies », IBU Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2013 « Trees from the People », Gallery Artpark, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 « Listen to the Bamboos », Galerie Eulenspiegel, & Heuberg 24, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2012 « Sensibility of Bamboo », Gallery Ewho, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 « People du Bamboo », Galerie Philippe Gelot, Paris, France
  • 2011 « Voice of the Bamboo », Hanmi Museum of Photography, Jeju, Korea
  • 2011 « Voice of the Bamboo », Shinsegae Gallery, Incheon, Korea
  • 2010 « Colors of the Bamboo », Gallery IHN, Seoul, Korea
  • 2007 « DaeSoo Kim Photo Work », Gallery Mac, Busan, Korea
  • 2006 « Sky Meditation », White Wall Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2004 « Sky Wind Stars and Me », Kim Youngsub Photogallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2003 « Trees from the People », Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2000 « The Tale of Three Trees », Sajinmadang, Seoul, Korea
  • 1999 « A Road to the Sky », Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • 1998 « The Great Korean », Olive Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 1996 « The Land of Wisdom », Gallery Boda, Seoul, Korea
  • 1990 « New Wave Photographer from Korea », Sunygate Gallery, Taiwan
  • 1988 « Creation and Then… », Gallery Han, Seoul, Korea
  • 1987 « Thesis Show », Higgins Hall, New York, U.S.A.
  • 1984 « Quest of Light », Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 1983 « Graduate One Man Show », Parsons Hall, New York, U.S.A.

Selected Group Shows

  • 2019 « Yeosu International Art Festival, More Less Much More », Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park, Yeosu, Korea
  • 2018 « Frames after Frames: Modern Photography Movement of Korea from 1988 to 1999 », Daegu,  Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
  • 2017 « Exhibition during PyeongChang Music Festival », Pyeongchang, Korea
  •      « Exposition1# », Chateau de Dampierre sur Boutonne, France
  • 2016 « Hand », Galerie Eulenspiegel, Basel, Switzerland
  •      « Public to Private-Photography in Korean Contemporary Art since 1989 », National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 « Current of Korean Journey of Photography », GASC Yunseul Art Museum, Kimhae, Korea
  •      « The Condensed Moment », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  •      « Re:Kontemporary-Fermented Souls », Waterfall Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
  •      « The 21st Century Handmade Print », gallery 270, Englewood, U.S.A.
  •      « Korean Beauty: Two Kind of Nature », National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  •      « Hue: Rest », The American Club, Singapore
  • 2013 « The Wind that Wakes the Bamboo », Gwangju National Museum, Gwangju, Korea
  •      « In Between », HyeHwa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 « Monochrome in Korea », Galelie Dorothea, Mainz, Germany
  •      « Art Paris », Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 2011 « Seoul Photo Festival 2011 », SeMa Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  •      « Korean Sprit: Six Photographers », Aramnuri Art Center, Goyang, Korea
  •      « Remember You », Hyundai Arts Center, Ulsan, Korea
  • 2010 « Go with Father and Son: HanYoung Kim, DaeSoo Kim », Moonstruck Present Gallery, Osaka
  •      « Chaotic Harmony: Korean Contemporary Photography », Santa Babara Museum of Art, Santa Babara, U.S.A.
  •      « Hong Kong International Art Fair », Hong Kong Convention Center, Hong Kong
  • 2009 « Art Asia: International Asian Contemporary Art », Miami, U.S.A.
  •      « Paris Photo », Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
  •      « China International Gallery Exposition », Beijing, China
  •      « Contemporary Korean Photography 1948-2008 », Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea
  • 2008 « Exhibition during G8 Hokkaido Summit Meeting », Mori Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan    
  •      « Good Morning Mr. Nam June Paik », Korean Cultural Centre U.K., London, U.K.
  • 2007 « Contemporary Art Today and Tomorrow », Sejong Culture Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2006 « Seoul International Print-Photo Art Fair », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  •     « Camera Work », Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2005 « The People in the Time 1945-2005 », Seoul, Korea
  • 2004 « Looking Inside », Baeksang Memorial Hall, Seoul, Korea
  • 2003 « Object and Imaginations », Gallery Lux, Seoul, Korea
  • 2001 « 19 Photographers with Calm Land 4 », Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2000 « Landscape and Place », Gyeonggi Art Center, Suwon, Korea
  • 2000 « 12 Photographers with Calm Land 3 », Space Pool, Seoul, Korea
  • 1999 « Seoul Lumia of Century in Media 1999 », Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  •      « Beyond the Threshold », Hillwood Art Museum, New York, U.S.A.
  • 1998 « History of Korean Photography », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1997 « Exhibition of Youth Spirit, ‘97 Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition », Gwangju, Korea
  •      « Essence of Photography Expansion of Photography », Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1996 « Photography-New Vision », National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 1995 « The Horizon of Korean Photography », Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
  • 1994 « The Horizon of Korean Contemporary Photography », Gongpyong Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  •      « 50 years of Korean Photography, 1945-1994 », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1993 « Photography and Image », Art Sonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea
  • 1992 « The Horizon of Korean Contemporary Photography », Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 1991 « The Horizon of Contemporary Korean Photography », Total Open Air, Jangheung, Korea
  •      « The 1st Korea-Japan Poster Exchange Exhibition, Paper Show », Seoul, Korea
  • 1990 « Mixed Media », Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea
  •      « The 24th Korean Fine Arts Association Exhibition », National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  •      « Two Photographers from Korea », R.I.T. Gallery, Rochester, U.S.A.
  • 1989 « The 23th Korean Fine Arts Association Exhibition », National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 1988 « The New Wave of the Photography », Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1987 « Figurative Ideas », Korean Cultural Service New York, New York, U.S.A.