Lee Myoung Ho (b.1975)

중앙대학교 예술대학 사진학 박사, 대한민국 서울

이명호는 자연에 대한 경의와 이미지의 재현에 관한 탐구를 결합한 방식의 “사진-행위 프로젝트”를 2004년부터 진행해오고 있다. 대중적으로 가장 잘 알려진 <나무> 시리즈의 경우, 나무 뒤에 하얀색 캔버스를 세워 나무라는 대상을 원래의 자연적 맥락으로부터 분리시킴으로써 캔버스 위에 나무가 그려져 있는 듯한 사진을 만들어낸다. 거대한 자연의 일부에 불과했던 나무 한 그루가 캔버스 안에 삽입된 이차원적 이미지로 평면화됨으로써, 예술의 아름다운 대상물이자 주목할 만한 존재로써 전환되는 것이다. 그리고 이러한 전환에 있어 가장 중요한 역할을 하는 하얀 캔버스는 이명호의 “사진-행위 프로젝트”가 단순한 풍경/정물 사진이 아닐 수 밖에 없는 단서가 된다. 이명호의 사진 속 나무는 캔버스로 인하여 마치 ‘재현’된 이미지처럼 보여지기 때문이다.

작가는 최근 런던 헤이워드 갤러리, 게티뮤지움, 쿤스트하우스 비엔나, 빅토리아 국립미술관, 서울시립미술관 등 국내외 다양한 기관에서 전시를 진행해왔으며, 작가의 작품은 프랑스국립도서관, 게티뮤지움, 암스테르담 사진박물관, 빅토리아 국립미술관, 국립현대미술관, 서울시립미술관 등 세계 유수의 기관에 소장되어 있다.  

Lee Myoung Ho explores the essence of the reproduction and the reenactment in art and the boundaries between art and photography by combining the natural and artificial. This can be seen in his renown Tree and Tree series in which the work consists of a tree in nature and a large white canvas behind that separates the tree in nature. Framed against the large white canvas backdrop in the middle of a natural landscape, the tree is now converted as a subject of an artwork and an object that worths exploration. The white canvas plays a pivotal role in this transition evidencing the work as neither simple landscape nor still object photography.

Lee has recently exhibited  at the Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Kunsthaus Wien, National Gallery of Victoria and Seoul Museum of Art. His works are included in various collections including Bibliothèque Nationale de France, J. Paul Getty Museum, Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, National Gallery of Victoria, Museo Arte Contemporáneo Salta, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, and Seoul Museum of Art. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Nothing, But, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, KR

Zaha Art Museum, Seoul, KR


Tree....., Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, US

Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR


Memories of Work, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu, KR


Trees, Contact Gallery, Toronto, CA

Trees, Allen Lambert Gallery, Toronto, CA


798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, CN

Trees, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, NL


Camera Lucida, Camera Obs, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, KR


Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, KR

Selected Group Exhibitions


Poetic Resonance, A.ROUND, Busan, Korea

Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, London, UK


Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US


Architecture of Structure, Suwon I-Park Museum of Art, Suwon, KR

City Oasis: Linz Gardens, Square and Parks, Nordico Stadtmuseum, Linz, AT


Visions of Nature, Kunsthaus Wien, Wien, DE

NGV Triennial Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AU


Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989, MMCA Korea

Being in Nature, Museum SAN, Wonju, KR

The Secret Garden, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR

As the Moon Waxes and Wanes: MMCA 30 Years 1986-2016, MMCA Korea


Authority Figure, Knockdown Center, New York, US

The Treachery of Images, Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow, RU 

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, CA


Busan Biennale: Voyage to Biennale - 50 years of Korean Contemporary Art in Overseas Biennales, Busan Cultural Center, Busan, KR

Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Daegu Cuture & Arts Center, Daegu, KR

Korea Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires, AR

Reflected, Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL


Constructed Visions: New Media from Korea, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, US 

Who is Alice?, Spazio Lightbox, Venice, IT


Conceptual Thinking, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, KR 

Images of Silence, MMCA Korea, Gwacheon, Korea

Selected Collections

Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris, FR

Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, KR

Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, KR 

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, JP

Luz Austral Foundation, Buenos Aires, AR 

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson, San Juan, PR

Museum of Art Seoul National University, Seoul, KR 

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AU 

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR 

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US 

The Royal Library, Copenhagen, DK

PhD, Photography, Graduate School of the Arts, Joong-Ang University, Seoul, KR