The year 1994 was a big turning point in my life. I accompanied my father, who came to Yale University as part of a Fulbright exchange professor, to US. In Korea, the educational system was somewhat regimented, a system tailor to fit all rather than to accommodate each individual's interests or talents. In Korea, my life goal was set by my father who was very dedicating and wonderful father. He was also very old fashioned and conservative person. He demanded hat I study medicine in college. That posed a big problem for me. I knew in my heart that I was not interested in medicine. During my Junior and Senior year in high school in US, I took few classes in photography. Those classes were always enjoyable and interesting to me. In college, I majored in Biology at my father's urging but I could not give up on photography. So, I changed my major to economics and began taking more classes in photography. My work in photography culminated in the exhibition, which was held in the winter of 1999. The exhibition was organized by the Student Art League at the University of Maine. I submitted three art works that were very well received. Around this time, I have decided to pursue my study in photography.

During the summer of 2000, I arranged to study photography at New York University. At NYU, I focused my work on documentary photographs of Korean American society and streets of New York City. As part of my project, I started taking picture of my host family without knowing much about them. Through photographs I realized that I was getting to know them better. People who have seen my pictures asked me if they were my real family. The project on my host family was personally important to me since it taught me to view the other world that exists through lens. In the fall of 2000, I studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I intensively worked on the Street Photography. From this work, I was able to come across the happiness, loneliness, sadness and madness of people in the street of New York City.






 


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