Photographer Youngho Kang is based in Seoul, South Korea, and has worked for editorial clients like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W, and commercial clients like Coca-Cola, Motorola, Samsung and Dunkin’ Donuts. Like many photographers, Kang enjoys shooting personal work and found inspiration by looking in the mirror. The following was written by Kang, explaining his series “99 Variations” (of which we’ve shown only eight):
“To me, fine art is ‘an effort for passion of doing [things] only I can do.’ I found the intersection of what I did best and how I was most different from others. As a commercial photographer, I shoot photos with loud music, myself yelling, in fierce communion with the object, as if I were dancing. Hence [my] nickname The ‘Dancing Photographer.’ Photography is what I do best, and my dancing during the shoot distinguishes me from others with the same profession.
In other words, the mirror became the space where I am both the photographer and the actor on a stage. In the mirror, my two different talents can be expressed, and I can discover my identity as well as that of my work.”