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Gap Chul LEE

Gap Chul LEE

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Gap Chul LEE Summary

Gap Chul LEE creates formidable, intense black & white photographic images that perfecty capture the spirit of Korean culture. LEE's audacious camera work conveys an oppressed primal impulse and world of shamanism rooted deep in Korea's collective unconscious. This stems from his characteristic manner of work; approaching subjects intuitively and directly and by depending on contingency, free from aesthetic consideration; and also by preferring rough cropping to a tidy finish or meticulous composition, drawing out chaotic force rather than a harmonious virtual world.

This book includes Gap Chul LEE's most iconic series of works, Conflict and Reaction (1990-2002) and Energy-Qi (2002-2007), as well as his ongoing projects (2008-present). More than half of the book covers the projects underway, which are previously unpublished. Although these works are separate entities, they can be read as a single body of work as they connect solidly to one another in terms of tugging at the vitality and spirituality one possesses.


Born 1959, Jinju, South Korea, Lee Gap-Chul lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. Gap-Chul has travelled to various corners of Korea and photographed images that portray the joy and sorrow of his ancestors, their cheerful nature and persistent vitality. A graduate in Fine Art & Photography from the University of Shingu, he has participated in many solo and group exhibitions at prestigious venues in Korea such as the Lux gallery in Seoul, the Daegu photo biennale (2006, 2014), the Kumho Art Museum, The Museum of Photography, Seoul (2002), the GoEun museum of photography (2012) and the Gwacheon contemporary art museum (2008). He was invited to participate in international fairs and festivals such as FOTOFEST 2000 in Houston, U.S.A., the Photographie Contemporaine Coreenne in 2002, in Montpellier, France, Paris Photo in 2005, France and Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival 2018 in Xiamen, China.

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