In[+]frame introduces today Jehsong Baak, an exceptional photographer currently living and working in Paris. Over the last 15 years Baak has succeeded to establish a personal and distinct photographic signature. Everyday people, things and places constitute his subject matter, usually surrounded by a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Night, streets, portraits are dominant in his compositions while his blurry and dim forms and the excellent use of 'chiaroscuro' technique create the impression of a drama, a theatrical scenery or a film-noir. Nevertheless, Baak's photographs do not settle just for technique. They brim with pure impressionism and reflect the artist's restless soul. Check out a small selection from his work in the relative in[+]frame's gallery.
Jehsong Baak is an American photographer living in Paris.
At the age of nine, Baak left his native Korea for America where the family eventually settled in Washington, D.C. Having discovered photography in his teens, Baak left the University of Michigan for New York City to devote himself exclusively to his work. He moved to Paris in 1998.
In 2006, Baak's first book, Là ou Ailleurs, was published by Robert Delpire, followed by a second book, Photographs, published in 2008 by HUP Gallery in Amsterdam. His work was included in books such as the Photo Poche - L'Un Par L'Autre (Actes Sud), Eyemazing Bible (Thames and Hudson), Sensation (Steidl). Baak was a member of Galerie Vu from 2000-2004 and has had solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Istanbul and Milan. His photographs can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman Museum, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, the Wilson Center of Photography in London, Musée Maillol in Paris, as well as in numerous private collections. In 2011, Baak was the guest photographer of JPMorgan, the sponsor of Paris Photo.
Baak is represented in Europe by Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland.