WindPhotographs by Jungjin Lee
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Wind showcases the newest work by internationally acclaimed Korean photographer Jungjin Lee. Known for her laborious, textural photographic process, Lee brushes liquid emulsion ("liquid light") onto the surface of handmade mulberry paper. The texture of the paper and the gestural marks of the brush stroke create a unique painterly effect, which is beautifully reproduced in this, Lee's first trade monograph.
Wind captures the ethereal quality of its namesake in a series of landscapes dominated by windswept expanses and foreboding cloud formations—panoramas that reveal an adventurous spirit, yet resist casual entry. Man-made objects, such as a dilapidated school bus, an old ruin whose ceiling is open to the sky, or wind-blown prayer flags, frequently appear marked by powerful, invisible elements. Metaphors for an internal state of being and the forces that shape it, Lee's Wind landscapes are imbued with an elemental vastness, at once powerful and serene.
A preface by Vicki Goldberg offers insight into Lee's background and discusses the essential nature of the landscape, and an essay by Eugenia Parry addresses the tension inherent in symbolizing what cannot be seen.
Published in collaboration with SEPIA International.
Jungjin Lee (born in 1961, raised in Seoul) taught herself photography in the 1980s and earned an M.A. from New York University in 1992. Her books include Jungjin Lee: Beyond Photography (2000), On Road/Ocean (2001), Thing (2005), and Jungjin Lee (2006). Her work has been widely exhibited, and is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and various prestigious institutions in Korea.
Vicki Goldberg (preface), one of the leading voices in the field of photography criticism, wrote about photography for the New York Times for thirteen years, and her writing is regularly featured in publications, such as Vanity Fair and American Photographer. She has authored and co-authored more than twenty books on the subject and is a recipient of the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for Writing.
Eugenia Parry (essay), formerly professor of art history at Wellesley College and the University of New Mexico, has published and lectured widely on the histories of art and photography. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in creative nonfiction.