박기호(Kiho Park), Photographer
Just Do It ... Go Ahead Take a Chance ... You Will Love It!
When was the last time you did something that you always wanted to do but couldn’t because you were too afraid to do it? As a child, I took chances all the time: I rode my brother’s bicycles and crashed into a incoming car, I jumped over between two houses, but ended up falling below and broke my leg, I played with matches and ended up almost burning up my house. Although most of those foolish actions angered my parents and left indelible memories, I still cherish those crazy events and want to pass it on to my kids.
In the world of fine arts, musicians, architects, painters, sculptures create various mater pieces to enlighten our existence. I strongly believe, those creative thinkers are often risk takers, unafraid of any unknown consequence. That willingness to challenge is embedded in our early childhood. Unfortunately, as we grow older, instead of harnessing those qualities, we throw way that creative silliness. Now it’s time to be in the mind of child again to enlighten our mind.
Photographer, Kiho Park was born in Seoul, Korea in 1960 and moved to the United States in 1973. While majoring in photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), he met Bruce Davidson, a renowned documentary photographer, and worked with him on several projects including National Geographic. Under Davidson’s guidance, he learned that a photographer must learn to create stories in pictures with poetic honesty, just as a good writer would with his pencil. For his documentary graduate project about South East Asian refugees, instead of exhibiting his artwork in a gallery setting, Kiho chose to re-create the living conditions of refugees by displaying his photographs at a Cambodian family’s house, sparking dialog about their experiences.
After graduation in 1986, he worked as a photo director at a small design firm in Cleveland, Ohio. But after seeing the political turmoil taking place in his homeland, he moved to Seoul as a freelance photographer for Newsweek. Upon arrival in Seoul, Kiho was greeted by an endless stream of rocks and Molotov Cocktails being thrown at him, as students and despairing citizens confronted the riot police in downtown Seoul. For the next twenty years Kiho remained in Asia as an Asian specialist for Time, Forbes, Fortune, and Business Week.