Kyle Kim | San Francisco CA, USA


Short Bio:
I was born in Seoul, Korea. After that, I studied Law & Photography at Pai Chai University. As an undergraduate student studying photography, I continued to take photos, and it grew into a very serious interest. After graduation, my father required me to go to law school to become a lawyer. However, I didn’t want to go to law school as my interest in photography had far exceeded my interest in becoming an attorney.
To that end, I started to work as an assistant and photographer in a commercial studio in Seoul, but there was a gap between reality and my artistic ideals. I decided I wanted to go to graduate school, and get an advanced degree in photography, even though my father still wanted me to become an attorney. Since enrolling at the Academy of Art University, I have strived to expand my skills in fine art photography. My masters project is a film-based landscape series because I believe that color film allows me to really have control of saturation, contrast, and detail. AAU is the best partner and support for my career, which is why I am here pursuing my MFA degree in Photography.

What is your work about?
I’m a fine art landscape photographer from Korea who conveys uncommon beauty through my images. I prefer to observe and understand how the landscape interacts with both emotion and light. As a photographer, I work tirelessly to push beyond the limitations of exposure time and aperture width, in order to shine light into dark places.
The foggy night is a series of fine art color landscape photographs that focus on San Francisco foggy days and cityscapes exploring lights and houses and other surrounding subjects.
This body of work is about uncommon beauty through night lights within the landscape. The USA has been a significant interest of mine due to its type of landscape that combines both the living environment and night lights. And it is within this landscape that I have found solace and peace within myself as my camera turns to the uncommon beauty. Due to continued transformation, the night lights never disappoint me as it shows a different face with each visit, revealing its strange beauty.

How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
To achieve this, I utilize a Hasselblad 500cm and 80mm lens. The images captured in color with Kodak Portra 160 film and then digitally scanned. Moab Entrada 190 is a focal point of my project and that bolsters the quality of my printing. I will do presenting 8 x 8 sizes in 12 x 12 frames with white mounts.