Heinkuhn Oh

(b. 1963)

   Starting as a documentary photographer who captured the social landscapes on the streets, Heinkuhn Oh has focused on documenting specific groups of people that present a certain type of social convention created by the Korean society.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022  ‘Left Face’, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

2016  ‘Portraying Anxiety’, La Chambre Gallery, Strasbourg, France

2012  ‘Middlemen’, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

           ‘Middlemen’ Go Eun Museum of Photography, Busan

2011  ‘Girl’s Act’, In Camera Gallery, Paris, France

           ‘Portraying Anxiety’, Trunk gallery, Seoul

2009  ‘Heinkuhn Oh’, Miki Wick Kim Gallery, Zurich, Swiss

2008  ‘Cosmetic Girls’, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

2004  ‘Girl’s Act’, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

1999  ‘Ajumma’, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

1993  ‘Heinkuhn Oh Photographs & Films’, Choi Gallery, Seoul

1991  ‘Uncertain Presence’, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, Ohio

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022   ‘Checkpoint’, Wolfsburg, Germany

2020   ‘MaytoDay, Spring of Democracy’, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Asia Cultural Center, Gwangju

           ‘Negotiating Borders’, Fiminco Foundation, Paris, France    

2019   ‘Aging World’, SeMA(Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art), Seoul

           ‘The Square: Art and Society in Korea’, MMCA(National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Seoul

2018   ‘The Real DMZ’, New Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham, England

2016   ‘Please Return to Busan Port’, Vestfossen Museum, Norway

           ‘Turbulent Transition’, Le Maillon Art Center, Strasbourg, France

2015   ‘Seoul Vite, Vite’ , Lille 3000 Art Festival, Lille, France

            ‘Journey to Photography’, Gimhae National Museum, Gimhae

2014  ‘Biennale Archive Special Exhibition 1’ , Busan Biennale, Busan

          ‘Beyond Face’ Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

2013  ‘Photoquai 4th Biennial’ Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

          ‘Beyond the Silk Road’ Taksim Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

          ‘Real DMZ Project’ , Cheorwon, Gangwondo

          ‘Who is Alice?’ Spazio Lightbox, Venice, Italy

          ‘Hurroo Hurroo’ GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan

2012  ‘Hidden Track’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

          ‘Being Political Popular’ University of California, CA  

          ‘Dream Walking in the Magical Reality’ National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kaw-chun   

2011   ‘Believing is Seeing’, F fotogallery, Wales, England

           Korean Rhapsody’,Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

           ‘New Photography in Korea II’, Galerie Paris Beijing, Beijing, China

2010   ‘Chaotic Harmony’, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

            ‘A Positive View’, Somerset House, London, England

            ‘Man Ray and His Heritage’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

            ‘On the Line’, Daerim museum of Art, Seoul

            ‘On the cutting Edge-Aspects of Korean Contemporary photography’, Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Taiwan

2009  ‘Chaotic Harmony’, The Museum of fine arts, Houston, Texas

           ‘Mask’, Dong Gang Museum of photography, Yeongwol

           ‘Odyssey-Korea contemporary photography’, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

2008   ‘Deadpan’, The James Gallery, New York

           ‘Correspondence’, Artsonje Center, Seoul

2007  ‘10 Korea Contemporary Photographers’, The Hanmi Museum of Photography, Seoul

           ‘Activating Korea’, Govett-Brewster Art gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

          ‘Elastic Taboo’, Vienna Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria

          ‘Raised by Wolves’, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

2006  ‘Somewhere in Time’, Artsonje Center, Seoul

          ‘The 1st Daegu Photo Biennale’, Daegu

          ‘Portrait of Adolescence’, Rodin Gallery, Seoul

2005  ‘Secret beyond the Door-Korean Pavilion’, The 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

          ‘Fast forward, Photographic Message from Korea’, Fotografie Forum International Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

          ‘Korean Photography since 1945 – The Restoration of Independence’, Marronier Art Center, Seoul

2004  ‘Document a map of Photographic Archives’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

          ‘What happens between Art and Popular Culture’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwa-chun

2003  ‘From Fashion Photography’, Daelim Comtemporary Art Museum, Seoul

          ‘Image’, Korea, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

          ‘Girl’s Act’ , Typology III, Space Photography Gallery, Seoul

2002  ‘Actor’s School, Typology II’, Space Photography Gallery, Seoul

          ‘Pause, Project 3’, The 4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwang-ju

          ‘High school Girl, Typology I’, Space Photography Gallery, Seoul

2001  ‘The 1st Gana Photography Festival’, Gana Art Center, Seoul

           ‘The 6th Internationale Fototage’, Herten, Germany

2000  ‘After time’, Howart Gallery, Seoul

          ‘Crying Game’, Gallery Boda, Seoul

          ‘Contemporary Korean Photographers, a new generation Fotofest 2000’, William Towers Gallery, Texas

1999  ‘Seoul Alive; through the eyes of photographers’, Kommunale Gallery, Berlin, Germany

           ‘A Contemporary Arts in Korea since 1990’, Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery, Seoul

1998  ‘Site of Desire, 1st Taipei Biennial’, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

           ‘Alienation and Assimilation’, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

           ‘Contemporary Asian Photography Exhibition’, AOI Gallery, New York

1997  ‘Expression of the Unexpressible’, Posco Gallery, Seoul

          ‘Seoul Photography Exhibition97’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

          ‘The Importance of Living’, Seonam Gallery, Seoul

1996  ‘Three eyes’, Sal Gallery, Seoul

          ‘Asian View’, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

1995  ‘Saeck’, Artsonje Center, Seoul

1994  ‘New Wind of Korean Photography’, Guardian garden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

          ‘Korean Contemporary Photography’, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

          ‘Korean’, Indeco Gallery, Seoul

1993  ‘Eccentric Seoul’, Sonamu Gallery, Seoul

          ‘On the point of me and Others’, Walker Hill Museum of Art, Seoul

          ‘November, A horizon of Korean Photography’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

1992  ‘Uncertain Presence’, Midtown Y Gallery, New York

          ‘Selected Works 92’, Eye Gallery, San Francisco

1991  ‘Art changes, Roberta Kuhn Gallery’, Columbus, Ohio

          ‘Alternative 90’, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, Ohio

1989  ‘Selected Works 89’, Black Gallery, Los Angeles


Middlemen, IANN Books

Hein-kuhn Oh’s portraits, Dong Gang Museum of Photography (2011)

Unfinished Portrait, Hanmi Museum of Photography (2010)

Cosmetic Girls, Kukje gallery (2010)

Girl’s Act, Da Vinchi, (2005)

少女演技, Da Vinchi, (2004)

Dogam-geon, Purunsesang, (2003)

Ajumma, Hong Design, (1999)


National Museum of Contemporary Art

Leeum-Samsung Museum of Art

Ilmin Museum of Art

Artsonje Center

Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fotomuseum den Haag

Aaron M. Tighe Collection


2011 Dong Gang Photography ‘The Photographer of the Year”


1993 M.F.A. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

1988 B.A. Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California


Associate Professor in Department of Photographic Art at Kaywon University of Art and Design