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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Jae-hyun Seok

Independent Curator & Editor
Photo Dot Magazine, Seoul, Korea
Jae-hyun Seok was born in Daegu, Korea, where he built part of his career. He completed his graduate studies at Ohio University majoring Visual Communication in the United States. His career can be summarized as a photographer, professor and curator. His experience from working as a freelancer photographer—for New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Korean GEO—in the past has brought him where he is now.

Seok has organized a major Korean photo festival named Daegu Photo Biennale in 2006 with others. Moreover, he has curated many international exhibitions including Imaging Asia in Documents with 33 photographers from around the world for the very first Daegu Photo Biennale. In addition, he did Women in War (Daegu Photo Biennale, 2014), Dream and Reality (DIPE, Dali, China, 2011, 2013 & 2015), ON KOREA (Istanbul, Turkey, 2013), Blooming Silk Road (Seoul, Korea, 2014) and Eye of Istanbul _ Ara Guler (Seoul Photography Museum, 2015). With his works in China, he received the Best Curator Award from DIPE, in China, 2015.

Seok has also continued to do independent work. After profiling 30 other established photographers from other countries on VON photography magazine recently, he is now working as an associate editor for Photo Dot magazine in Korea. And at the same time, he is also working as a director of Korea Photography Content Institute which was established in 2014.

Seok has always been drawn to any works that tell a unique story and these works range from documentary to fine art photography. Hence, his works do not involve reviewing commercial photography and digitally manipulated image that lacks concepts.

Because he is both an editor and a curator, he offers professional advice on projects in progress—how to complete or improve works as well as suggestions on presenting and promoting the finished projects. At the moment, he is looking for potential works for publishing on magazines and exhibitions in Korea.


Session Three
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