Returning from his photographic studies in Germany, the artist Kyungwoo Chun undertook a Sa-Jin approach to reveal the complexity of identity. A Korean term dating to the 14th century, Sa-Jin loosely translates as “depiction of the truth or soul.” In sessions ranging from nine minutes to six days, Chun created photographic portraits that involve a dialogue between the subject and the photographer as the sitter looks directly into the camera. The resulting images record a journey that Chun believes peels away the visible to make manifest the invisible.

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Kyungwoo Chun, Korean, born 1969
aa (70 minutes)
2004, printed 2006
Chromogenic print
Image: 11 3/4 × 15 11/16 in. (29.8 × 39.8 cm) Sheet: 13 3/8 × 17 3/8 in. (34 × 44.1 cm) Frame: 20 5/8 × 24 5/8 × 1 1/2 in. (52.4 × 62.5 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Anne Wilkes Tucker in honor of Song Youngsook, Director of the Museum of Photography, Seoul

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium]; purchased by MFAH, 2007.