Interview with photographer Hwa-Kyung Kim

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ALTER EGO 1

F-Stop Magazine: How did you first become involved in photography and what led to you working in this medium as an artist?

Hwa-Kyung Kim: I started photography without any experience or knowledge of it. I just instinctively wanted to do it, so I learned basic B&W film and print techniques and found myself in it. Seeing an intangible idea in my head manifest itself onto paper was so exciting. Those moments in the darkroom made me realize that photography was the right medium for me.

F-Stop: The current issue of F-Stop Magazine includes images from your project “ Alter Ego II ” can you tell us about this project? How did this project come about?

HKK: This ongoing series, Alter Ego, explores the inner self through fashion which acts as a metaphor of personas. Through my journey in search of the concealed self, I perceived self as multiplicities— a group of different personalities, memories or appearances existing in a time passage. By applying a notion of personas to fashion, I investigated how personas create the ego. In the images, the woman is facing, passing, or surrounded by her personas. Through moving and overlapping, different forms of personas are created into new forms. In these reinterpretations, new perspectives are created of the self. I call it an “Alter Ego”.

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F-Stop: Can you discuss your process for making these images or your creative process more generally? What were you looking to capture?

HKK: I often change my role between the maker and observer in the process. When concepts and sensations are projected onto objects, I discover that the objects expand their territories of meanings, and begin to evolve or change in their forms and meanings. I play with those possibilities and put them in work; so the results of the work are always unexpected. When fixed ideas are deconstructed and recomposed is when I’m most excited about the work.

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F-Stop: What do you hope people see or feel or perhaps learn when they look at your photographs?

HKK: My work is an effort to see a new world born from different perspectives of reality. I hope viewers discover new possibilities to interpret the world we live, and expand them in their worlds through my work.

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ALTER EGO 7

F-Stop: Do you have a favorite image in this series? If so, which one and why is it the image that speaks to you most?

HKK: My favorite images vary day to day. My interpretation of my images often changes and differs as time passes while I continue to grow as an artist. For now, I would say that the image of three egos overlapped and the image of one figure overlapped by hands speak to me most.

F-Stop: What photographers or other artists inspire you?

HKK: I’m inspired by artists working in different mediums such as painting and sculpture. A few of my favorite artists are Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele and Ann Hamilton. Their work stimulates and challenges me to think of endless possibilities beyond photography and my own imagination.

To see more of Hwa-Kyung Kim’s work: www.hwakyungkim.com

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BRASSAÏ AND HENRY MILLER’S PARIS @ Howard Greenberg Gallery

Brassaï, Paris (from Henry Miller's Quiet Days in Clichy), c. 1930s

Brassaï, Paris (from Henry Miller’s Quiet Days in Clichy), c. 1930s

BRASSAÏ AND HENRY MILLER’S PARIS
SEPTEMBER 10 – OCTOBER 24, 2015

Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York

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MELODIE MCDANIEL @ SPOT PHOTO WORKS

unnamed-1MELODIE MCDANIEL: AMERICAN SPECTATOR
Sept 19 – Nov 9, 2015

reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday September 19th.

n her photographic journey McDaniel explores the intersections of faith, culture and race. Her masterful portraits reflect on a citizenry where white and black, large and small, young and old seek solace and community at church services, in diners, on their stoops, in dark bars of towns whose prime is past and whose present is marred by hard economic times.

SPOT PHOTO WORKS
6679 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity @ Silver Eye Center for Photography

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Silver Eye Center for Photography | 1015 East Carson Street | Pittsburgh | PA | 15203

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Michelle Sank @ The Royal Albert Memorial Museum &Art Gallery

unnamedMichelle Sank Touch-Line: A Photographic Record of Rugby World Cup 2015, Exeter
19 September to 4 November

Urban and rural landscapes complement portraiture to give a comprehensive visual record of the preparation for the World Cup in Exeter. The photographs of signage, organisers, players, spectators and fans reflect the diversity of interest and importance of Rugby in Exeter’s communities. Her photographs differ from the mass of imagery that circulates around Rugby World Cup 2015. She eschews the conventions of sports photography to present a surprising and touching perspective on a highly physical sport. There are images about people playing Rugby, yet the focus of the collection is on the culture, the group dynamics and the ritual that surrounds the sport.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum &Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. Phone 01392 265858

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CINDY SHERMAN @ Collectors Room Berlin

unnamedCINDY SHERMAN Works from the Olbricht Collection
16. September 2015 – 10. April 2016

Collectors Room Berlin
Auguststrasse 68, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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LEE FRIEDLANDER & PIERRE BONNARD @ Pace/MacGill Gallery

Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander

LEE FRIEDLANDER
PIERRE BONNARD
PHOTOGRAPHS & DRAWINGS
September 10 – October 24, 2015

Opening reception: Saturday, September 26, 2 – 4 PM

Pace/MacGill Gallery
32 East 57th Street, New York

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The Sports Show @ School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery

Brian Finke, 2-4-6-8: AMERICAN CHEERLEADERS & FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Brian Finke, 2-4-6-8: AMERICAN CHEERLEADERS & FOOTBALL PLAYERS

The Sports Show
August 22 – September 19, 2015

The School of Visual Arts Alumni Society presents “The Sports Show,” a survey of creative work in various media that brings fans closer to the action before, after and during the game. The exhibition brings together more than 30 leading artists and designers who graduated from SVA in commercial design and advertising, film and video, illustration and cartooning, motion graphics, painting and photography.

School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, New York City
601 W. 26th St. BTWN 11th & 12th Ave.

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René Groebli @ Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

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René Groebli: Early Works
15.09 – 23.10.2015

Opening and signing Wednesday, September 15, from 18h to 21h

Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
36 rue Falguière
75015 Paris

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DOCUMENT the Fresh @ The Bishop

pic1DOCUMENT the Fresh
Sunday August 30th

DOCUMENT the Fresh is a photography exhibition series that features the event and concert photography of notable and up-and-coming photographers. The striking images that these talented photogs have shot will make for a truly unique show that will give attendees a “backstage pass” and “front row look” into a variety of events and concerts that each has experienced.

The Bishop (Gallery) 916 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NYC

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