Bio - Jin Koo Cho


He was born in New York City, raised in Seoul, Korea, and now resides in San Francisco south bay area, which has made him feel the diversity of culture with every fiber of his body and has worked as a source of creativity. He believes that photography is the painting of light. He loves studio photography, equipped with all the professional settings that had in the operation of a studio. Setting lights and coordinating (things) so that desired photos can be produced is another great joy (for him). Still, more than anything else, his favorite is black & white photography.

One of his happiest times for him is to be engrossed in development and printing in darkroom while forgetting all daily distractions. And on such occasions, he sometimes uses a medium-format film camera to take landscapes of magnificent scale. For him, film photography is his destiny and pride. While his first solo exhibition in 2007 was entirely dedicated to film photography, he devoted himself to working only in the darkroom since 1999 when he was working in both Korea and New York. It was only after he moved to California in 2010 when he started to look at mixed media and digital work.

Now, he is concentrating on creating images that combine analog sensibility and infinite digital possibilities. His ultimate artistic purpose is to communicate with others through the images he creates and share with them his new vision of his visualized inner world.

He said during an interview with Monthly photography in 2007 ‘to make what is invisible to the eye, visible, that is the mission of a photographer. Good photographs come from experience. More pain, more gain. Only until my shoes wore out, then my photos would become more diverse, expressive, and soulful.’


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