Baik Art Gallery

Solo Show 2021 Han Youngsoo









A successful commercial image-maker in his later years, Han Youngsoo (1933-1999) began his work in photography after he returned to Seoul from the frontlines of the Korean War (1950-1953). The city, like the rest of the country, was devastated and impoverished. “After the war, still covered with the soot of tragedy, I found myself in the middle of civic confusion,” Han later observed. “I was startled to find, however, the great determination of the human spirit to carry on with life—in a sense something simple and natural, but also … very profound.” In the ensuing years, Han captured the city and its surroundings with a passionate eye for form and narrative detail, documenting both its ancient ways of life and its dramatic transformation from war-torn metropolis to a prosperous modern society.





FIVE | June 22 – August 10, 2019 | press release | catalogue

HAN YOUNGSOO: PHOTOGRAPHS OF KOREA, 1956 – 1963 | Han Youngsoo | Sep. 22 – Nov. 21, 2018 | press release | catalogue

HAN YOUNGSOO Photographs of Korea, 1956 – 1963, Korea Institute, Harvard University | Han youngsoo | November 1 – December 31, 2019 | Press Release




2020, “‘After the War’ – Stunning Photos of South Korea 1956-1963 by Han Youngsoo”, Flashback

2020, Fashion Collaboration

2019, “Rare Scenes of a Rebuilding Seoul After the Korean War,” Saigoneer

2018, “Han Youngsoo,” Artforum

2018, “Photographs of Korea, 1956-1963”: Han Youngsoo’s vintage photographs at Baik Art, Los Angeles,” Artr Adar Journal

2018, “Photographing the Shadow of Korea’s Past,” Ginkgo Journal

2017, “A Photographer’s Images of a Changing Seoul After the Korean War,” Hyperallergic

2017, “Korean Photographer Han Youngsoo Exposes Seoul After War,” Art Centron

2017, “Postwar Korea Caught on Film: Han Youngsoo Captured a County Recovering and People Filled with Hope,” Korea JoonAng Daily

2017, “A Poetic Reminder of What Korea Used to be Like,” Featureshoot







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