BFA, Photography, Pratt Institute, New York, NY, 1998
Biology, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, 1991
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Richard L. Nelson Gallery & the Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis
General Electric Collection
Fidelity Investment Collection
Wellington Management Collection
Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA
Korean photographer Youngsuk Suh moved to the United States to study photography in 1994. Whether he is photographing interiors, landscapes, soccer players, or gas stations, Suh's luminous photographs show a unique approach to lighting and the treatment of space. Suh maintains an objective distance from his subjects, witnessing rather than intervening.
Suh's latest projects, Instant Traveler and Wildfires, explore the complex relationships between humans and nature. Though these photographs seem to present a Romantic view of nature with their soft colors and sweeping views of landscapes, Suh's imitation of the Romantic tradition is actually ironic. He does not view nature as an untamed wilderness in which man is small and insignificant; instead, he points out man's sophisticated engineering and maintenance of nature.