KIM Hyunjin is a Korean photographer who studied law and film making. There is not much information about her (or him, the name works for both genders) online in English other than she published a monograph in 2009 titled Even Your Ears through Farewell Books. Her work is loosely arranged in three portfolios in her website. I find these groupings a bit hit or miss, with some fabulous images and others that don’t make much sense in the context of the portfolio.
I find her strongest work to be the spaces-either interiors or exteriors-she photographs without people, or where people play a secondary role. These images have a quiet intensity that imbue them with an emotional dimension that suggests something important has happened in these places. I get a sense that this something just happened or less often is about to happen.
The images have an implied narrative that gives them emotional weight. This makes the photographs about more than just describing the space but how we become familiar and attached to spaces.
The way the relationship between foreground, middle ground, background and borders is structured reminds me of some of Stephen Shore’s images. In particular some exterior spaces were Kim uses repetition and light to create a sense of the depth within the picture.