BOOMOON (b 1945)
Born in Daegu, Boomoon lives and works in Seoul and Sokcho, South Korea. Having commenced his artistic studies as a painter, Boomoon began to explore photography in the early 1970's and enrolled in the Photography department at Chung-Ang University, Seoul. Throughout the 1970's Boomoon passionately recorded the rapid transformation taking place in Korean society, looking at deserted villages and the heightening contrast between rural and urban communities. Since the 1980's he has been engaging with the natural landscape in his work as a means of self-reflection, producing large format photographs of vast expanses of sea, sky and land. Devoid of human presence, the central emphasis of his work is the experience of the infinity of nature and the representation of its presence.
Boomoon has exhibited internationally, including in South Korea, Japan, Istanbul, New York, London and Paris and his work is in the collections of the Yokohama Museum of Art and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon. From October 2013 to January 2014, a retrospective exhibition of Boomoon's major landscape series was held at the Daegu Art Museum in South Korea. Entitled Constellation, the show gave a comprehensive overview of Boomoon's practice and confirmed his significance as a photographic artist.