Byung-Hun Min - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • “I focused on expressing the depths of human emotion and inner psyche through my work.”
    —Byung-Hun Min

    As one of South Korea’s most established image-makers, Byung-Hun Min (b.1955) is renowned for his highly emotive photographs that highlight the transience of our world. MG247, 2010, offered here, is part of his 2007-13 series on nudes for which the artist chose ordinary people to pose for him, wanting to capture ‘the informal, genuine, and natural feel’ of his subjects. Here, a minimalist image is achieved by seamlessly setting the sensual lines of the woman’s back against an enveloping charcoal-grey background. Like many of the figures in the series, the unidentifiable subject, turned away from the viewer, becomes almost abstracted as she blends into her foggy surroundings, heightened through Min’s blunt cropping of the image. So that each work may appear shrouded in a delicate veil of mist, the most laborious stage of his image-making process occurs in the darkroom where he works exclusively in analogue to produce the velvety finish of his distinctive monochromic images. Min’s works have been widely exhibited and reside in a number of institutions, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, the Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    • Exhibited

      Byung-Hun Min: Nude, The Museum of Photography (Museum Hanmi), Seoul, 31 August - 15 September 2013, another
      12 Photographers, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, 21 December 2012 - 25 August 2013, another
      Byung-Hun Min: Black and White Photography, Mimesis Art Museum, Seoul, 6 September - 14 December 2014, another

    • Literature

      Byun-Hun Min's Book of Nudes, Paju: Munhakdongne, n.p.




Gelatin silver print, mounted.
Image/Sheet: 125 x 103 cm (49 1/4 x 40 1/2 in.)
Frame: 130 x 108 cm (51 1/8 x 42 1/2 in.)

Signed, dated and annotated 'A.P.' in ink on the recto.

This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 1 AP. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea holds a smaller-sized print of this image.

Full Cataloguing

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £15,240

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London Auction 19 May 2023