Youngho Kang was born in 1970, Seoul, South Korea.
He is well known as a commercial photographer in South Korea. His nickname is “Dancing Photographer”, a nickname given to him because of his unique shooting style, which is that while taking pictures he communicates with the model through dancing, or very much as a conductor, with music always playing in the background.
He graduated from Hongik University, where his major was French Literature, which means that he has no special education in photography, but he still managed to in a short time become the top photographer in the commercial area. In this case, he confesses that he was very lucky, getting chances like these.
Given this, he has a powerful planning ability that is based in the humanities, which shines through in his directing ability that makes for compelling stories being visible in the pictures, as well as a unique ability to communicate, that extracts the inner, hidden expressions from a person.
This, together with his luck, makes him the photographer he is.
Starting in 2009, he extended his imagination towards fine art. This was the beginning of his unique works, titled “99 Variations”. In this work, he is taking pictures while facing the mirror while at the same time dancing and making changes to himself in various ways. And in 2012 he produced a unique documentary work titled “Who is she?”, in which he was photographing the President’s backside. Through this work, he extended his genre of photography.
In 2014, having found his own definition of art to be “a passionate effort that only he can do”, he is going into a new adventure, in which he is reaching beyond the identity of a photographer. He held a performance work, titled “99th Variation”, where he was in-between being a photographer, a performance artist, a media artist, all kinds of artists, in National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. He is now working while at the same time holding lectures on the “Oxymoronic power, Imagination”, in universities.
Born 1970, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea
President of Creative Company ‘SangSang Variations & SangSang Art Museum’
1995 B.A. in French Language and Literature, Hongik University, Seoul
2021 Performance & Exhibition “Photographer and Shaman” – National Theater of Korea
2020 Performance & Exhibition “Photographer and Shaman” – National Theater of Korea
2018 “Figuring out on Empty” Gama Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 "99 Variations", Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
2015 "99 Variations", The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA
2014 "99 Variations", The VI International Festival of Photography, PHOTOVISA, Krasnodar, Russia
2014 "99 Variations", Central Slovak Gallery, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
2013 "99 Variations", House of art, Bratislava, Slovakia
2012 "A COMPANY" Samsung Cheil Worldwide, Seoul, Korea
2011 Documentary, "Road for Hope", KBS (Korea Broadcasting System), Seoul, Korea
2009 "99 Variations", Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2021 “The Perfection”, Canon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2019 “Body Scandal”, Seongnam Art Center, Seongnam, Korea
2018 “This is fashion photography 2018”, Canon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017 “This is fashion photography 2017”, Canon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017 "99 Variations", Fotoistanbul photography Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
2017 "99 Variations", Photo Brussels Festival 2017, Hangar Art Center, Brussel, Belgium
2017 "Synchronizing Instances", Korean Cultural Center, Brussel, Belgium
2016 “This is fashion photography 2016”, Canon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016 "SKAM Photography Collection", Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 "Dream Society Exhibition: X brid ", Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 "FULL MOON : A Story of Sky and Earth", Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Daegu, Korea
2014 "Insight2 Exhibition", Nemo hall of Blue Square, Sponsored by Samsung Electronics, Seoul, Korea
2013 "Samsung 'UHD ZOO' Exhibition", Beyond Museum, Seoul, Korea
2013 "99 Variations", Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013, Ballarat, Australia
2012 "Masquerade", Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea2012 "Insight Exhibition", Yoo Art Space, Seoul, Korea
2009 "Myth in the Mirror", V-Gallery in Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2009 "Olleh Art", Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea
2007 "Myth in the Mirror", Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2003 "A man who was stolen legs, and 30 eyes", Daelim Museum, Seoul, Korea
2003 "Chromatic Sensation", Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2014 "99th Variation", Culture day, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea2014 "Dream Society Exhibition: X brid", Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
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About 600 commercial works includingCoca-Cola / MOTOROLA / SAMSUNG / LG / DUNKIN’ DONUTS / FISSLER/ OLYMPUS and 80 film posters
A Documentary of the first Korean female president, Park Geun Hye, "She is not only a woman, Park Geun Hye"
The children and child slavery with KBS, "On the Hope Road "
The Third generation of victims from defoliant in Vietnam, "Weapon that kills the future-Agent Orange"
“Special lecture of fashion photograph”, Art of Graduate School,Hongik University
“Humanities and society”, Department of Liberal Arts, Hongik University“Understanding of commercial photograph”, Department of Advertising & PR, Chung-Ang University
“Understanding of Photo Art”, Kyung Hee University
Silver World Medal in "New York Festivals TV&Film Awards"Listen to Hearts Campaign "Korean People Archive"
3rd place award in “International Photo Awards 2014, Editorial: Environmental PROFESSIONAL” “Weapon that kills the future-Agent Orange”
A finalist in “LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014″ "Miss President”
Spikes Asia – Asia’s Creative Advertising Festival and Awards Grand Prix, “Samsung Electronics Insight Campaign”
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Two Gold Lions in Promo & Activation, “Samsung Electronics Insight Campaign”
Korea Fashion Photographer of the Year
2015 New York Times Portfolio Review, Selected Participant
2015 Fotovisura Scholarship, Summer Editing Sessions, Workshop in Vermont
2012 Honorary Ambassador of Child Fund Korea
2010-2012 Member of Korail Design Deliberation Council
2009 Consultant of Presidential Council on Nation Branding
2007-2013 Creative Director of Fissler Korea Advertisement