By photographing the biggest Korean celebrities, working in fashion, advertising, movies, and other commercial projects, our guest today is widely known throughout Korea. However, he has turned away from those ventures and has set his lens on sharing hope and charity. His name is Kim Jung-man. Leaving Korea in middle school, following his father to Africa on a medical humanitarian mission, he gained a unique perspective of the world at a young age. Soon after, he left Africa to attend high school in France and began to study art.
In 1988 he returned to Korea and soon became a very successful commercial photographer. However, in 2007, he decided to pursue art photography, heading off to some of the world's most extreme wildernesses to take photos.
For the past five years, Kim Jung-man has been working on a Korean Rediscovery project and is thankful for his renewed sense of identity as a Korean photographer.
Kim Jung-man's confesses his growing sense of responsibility and the burden associated with him can be felt when he says, "whenever I press the shutter, my heart skips a beat." Susan Lee MacDonald sits down with Kim Jung-man on the INNERview to hear it all directly from Kim Jung-man himself, a photographer that has captured the world, wildlife and even everyday life, all in his photographs.