Youngsuk Suh

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.