A journey to the heart of the island, where the perpetual motion of nature is captured by the eye of the camera, discovering timelessness in a frozen moment
Jeju-do or Jeju Island is a fantastic place, a hidden gem of Korea with its pristine forests, volcanoes, and waterfalls; a World Heritage site; a traveler’s mecca.
The artist invites us to embark on a journey to the heart of the island, where the perpetual motion of nature is captured by the eye of the camera, discovering timelessness in a frozen moment.
All photographs are shot on black and white film and printed on paper, which is quite similar to the traditional paper used in Asian art. The prints resemble medieval Korean ink works rather than contemporary photography. Just like the old masters of the Joseon period, Jo Injeung uses blots and washes, sharp lines and dry strokes, creating a serene harmony of Yin and Yang.
Jo Injeung’s photographs not only capture the original beauty of Jeju Island but also make a reference to the concept of four elements, significant for the Korean culture. All four elements unite in Jeju-do, constituting the island’s greatest mystery.
Jo Injeung was born in 1962 in Seoul. Photography has been his long-lived passion for many years. Works by Jo Injeung were exhibited in Seoul, cities in the USA and Russia, and are held in museum collections in these countries.
1992 — Present
— Director, private dental clinic
— Landscape photographer
1990 Postgraduate course at New York University, NY, USA
1988 Graduate Yonsei University, College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea
2014 Ddung Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016 V. P. Sukachev Regional Art Museum, Irkutsk, Russia
2017 Beyond Nature. Arka Gallery, Vladivostok, Russia
2018 Morning Glory. City Art Center, Novosibirsk, Russia
2014 International Festival of Photography, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia
2015 Korean Contemporary Photography, Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow, Russia
2015 Viewpoint of Landscape Architecture, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
2015 Invited Artist of the 6th Moscow Biennale
2015 World Photography, Omsk, Russia
2018 Opening of the BID Art Space, Pesaro, Italy