June Korea



is a New York–based visual artist who uses photography as a bridge to invite viewers to his constructed fantasies. As a visual artist and storyteller, his goal is to create his imagined narrative and translate it into the real world. His hope for his work is that it will serve as a catalyst that stimulates to remember what people have lost and what they once believed in.


2017–Now    President. +arts Institute of Arts [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
2016–Now    Judge. CA it Awards [New York, NY, United States].


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2015              M.F.A., Photography, Video and Related Media. School of Visual Arts [New York, NY, United States]. 14 May 2015.
                      – Alice Beck-Odette, Alumni Scholarships. 2013–15.
2012              B.F.A., Photography and Imaging. ArtCenter College of Design [Pasadena, CA, United States]. 15 Dec. 2012.
                      – Martha Chandler, Jules Bates, Thomas Denhart, and Merit Scholarships. 2009–12.

Awards & Grants

2017              American Photography 33 Award. AI-AP [United States]. 16 Mar. 2017.
                      2016 International Photographer of the Year Award. IPOTY [United Kingdom]. 12 Feb. 2017.
                      Life Framer Award—Still Life: 20 Amazing Photographers to Discover. Life Framer [United States]. 9 Jan. 2017.
2015              2015 CA it Awards Photography Gold Award. CA it Awards [United States]. 17 Dec. 2015.
                      2015 Neutral Density Photography Awards 1st Place—Gold Star Award. ND Awards [International]. 29 Nov. 2015.
                      2015 Seoul–New York Photo Festival Silver Award. Seoul–New York Photo Festival [Republic of Korea]. 5 Nov. 2015.
                      21st Artist Portfolio Award. Artist Portfolio Magazine [Garden Grove, United States]. 10 Feb. 2015.
2012              53rd CMYK Award. CMYK Magazine [San Francisco, United States]. 1 Aug. 2012.
                      27th CQ Award. Creative Quarterly [New York, United States]. 1 May 2012.
2011              MAC Group Photography Award. MAC Group [United States]. 19 Aug. 2011.
                      2011 Museum of Seongnam Arts Center Emerging Artist Award. Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Republic of Korea]. 15 June 2011.
2009              Make-A-Wish Achievement Award. Make-A-Wish Foundation [Republic of Korea]. 10 Jan. 2009.
2005              Feelux Lighting Grand Award. Feelux Lighting Co., Ltd. [United States]. 6 Apr. 2005.
2003              Dong-A Photography Excellence Award. The Dong-A Ilbo [Republic of Korea]. 10 Nov. 2003.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015              “Still Lives.” Rusted Iron in DUMBO [Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 27 July–30 Aug. 2015.
2011              “Still Lives: Neighbors.” Gallery Ls [San Pedro, CA, United States]. 5–21 May 2011.

Selected Group Exhibitions & Fairs

2017              “Currents in Figuration.” Walter Wickiser Gallery [Chelsea, NY, United States]. 4–29 Mar. 2017.
                      “2016 CA it Awards Showcase—Featuring Artist: June Korea.” Space in Arts New York [Chelsea, NY, United States]. 12–14 Jan. 2017.
2016              “Jersey City Art & Studio Tour.” JCAST Flagship Gallery [Jersey City, NJ, United States]. 8–23 Oct. 2016.
                      “Detroit Biennale.” Museum of New Art [Troy, MI, United States]. 1 Oct. 2016.
                      “Art Slope: Park Slope Art Festival.” Park Slope [Brooklyn, NY, United States]. 17–25 Sept. 2016.
                      “2016 ASYAAF: Hidden Artists Festival.” Dongdaemun Design Plaza [Jung, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 2–14 Aug. 2016.
                      “9th Invitational Art Exhibition.” The City Hall of Jersey City [Jersey City, NJ, United States]. 5–28 Apr. 2016.
                      “2016 NYPH.” The POWERHOUSE Arena [DUMBO, NY, United States]. 15–29 Feb. 2016.
2015              “2015 CA it Awards Showcase.” Space in Arts New York [Chelsea, NY, United States]. 16–18 Dec. 2015.
                      “2015 SIPF.” Dongdaemun Design Plaza [Jung, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 5–13 Nov. 2015.
                      “Here+There.” And N Gallery [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 28 July–5 Aug. 2015.
                      “2015 MFA National Exhibition.” First Street Gallery [Chelsea, NY, United States]. 23 July–14 Aug. 2015.
                      “2015 ASYAAF: Hidden Artists.” Culture Station Seoul 284 [Jung, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 21 July–2 Aug. 2015.
                      “The Selfie Show: An Art Exhibition of Self-Portraits.” Museum of New Art [Troy, MI, United States]. 8 May–5 June 2015.
                      “2015 LA Art Book Fair.” MOCA [Los Angeles, CA, United States]. 29 Jan.–1 Feb. 2015.
2014              “2014 Seongnam Media Festival.” Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 21–26 Oct. 2014.
                      “2014 NY Art Book Fair.” MoMA PS1 [Long Island City, NY, United States]. 26–28 Sept. 2014.
                      “Springtime and Rebirth.” Monastère Saint-Paul de Mausole [Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France]. 19 Sept.–21 Oct. 2014.
                      “2014 Young Artists.” Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 1 Sept.–14 Dec. 2014.
                      “Boundaries.” SVA Gramercy Gallery [New York, NY, United States]. 11–30 July 2014.
                      “re.con.nect.” Korean Cultural Center New York [New York, NY, United States]. 4–25 July 2014.
                      “UNICEF’s Next Generation Photo Benefit.” Aperture Foundation [Chelsea, NY, United States]. 17 May 2014.
                      “100 Artists’ Show.” Gallery Noori [Goyang, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 18–23 Mar. 2014.
                      “Joy-Route Exhibition.” Space Womb Gallery [New York, NY, United States]. 27 Feb.–5 Mar. 2014.
2013              “One Language is Not Enough.” Space Claremont [Claremont, CA, United States]. 9 Nov. 2013–4 Jan. 2014.
                      “2013 Emerging Artists.” Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 18 Oct.–3 Nov. 2013.
                      “The Lucky Jotter’s 5th Exhibition.” Jam Industries [City Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom]. 14–21 Oct. 2013.
                      “2013 Young & New.” Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 19 Feb.–8 Mar. 2013.
                      “Personal Culture.” Space Womb Gallery [New York, NY, United States]. 26 Jan.–8 Feb. 2013.
2012              “LA Drive Bye 24:00.” The Studio For Southern California History [Los Angeles, CA, United States]. 30 Nov.–9 Dec. 2012.
                      “The Faces of Seongnam.” Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 11–26 Sept. 2012.
2011–12        “Thinking Outside the Square.” Gallery 207 [Santa Ana, CA, United States]. 3 Dec. 2011–3 Jan. 2012.
2011              “Face Off.” Smashbox Studios [Culver City, CA, United States]. 8 Dec. 2011.
                      “2011 Emerging Artists.” Museum of Seongnam Arts Center [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 3–15 June 2011.
2010              “What was Your Dream?.” ArtCenter Public Programs Gallery [Pasadena, CA, United States]. 13 Dec. 2010.
2009              “36.5 Project On.” MayJune Gallery [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 2–8 Feb. 2009.
2006              “The 3rd EIDF ‘Prospering Asia, Reconciliation & Coexistence.’” EBS Space [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 10–16 July 2006.
2003              “Photo Plus.” Jebiwool Art Museum [Gwacheon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 10–20 Dec. 2003.


2015              Korea, June. Still Lives: Neighbors, Mimi. New York: June Korea Photography, 2015. Ebook.
2014              Korea, June. Still Lives: Neighbors. New York: June Korea Photography, 2014. Print.
                      Korea, June. “I Want to See What He Wanted to See.” WORDS. New York: Visual Arts Press, Ltd., 2014: 6–9. Print.

Press & Interviews

2017              Park, Yihyun. “Inside Photo: June Korea.” 월간사진 [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 1 Mar. 2017: 122–125. Print.
                      “Fotograf chodí s nafukovacou Ančou. Pozrite sa, ako vyzerá ich život.” Europa 2 Radio Station [Bratislava, Slovakia]. 14 Jan. 2017. Web.
                      “Απαθανατίζοντας τη σχέση ενός άνδρα με… μια πλαστική κούκλα.” E-Radio [Athens, Greece]. 3 Jan. 2017. Web.
                      “Most Popular Photographers.” Dodho Magazine [Barcelona, Spain]. 2 Jan. 2017. Web.
2016              “사진작가 ‘준코리아’의 작품세계.” Dispatch [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 29 Dec. 2016. Web.
                      “June Korea – Still Lives: Eva.” Dodho Magazine [Barcelona, Spain]. 20 Dec. 2016. Web.
                      “Emerging Photography Contender: June Korea.” Feature Shoot [Brooklyn, New York]. 17 Dec. 2016. Web.
                      d'Alessandro, Guillaume. “My Silicone Baby.” We Demain [Paris, France]. 22 Nov. 2016: Cover, 24–31. Print.
                      Revuelta, Ana. “Falso/Fake: June Korea (Still Lives: Eva).” Exit Imagen y Cultura [Madrid, Spain]. 18 Nov. 2016. Print.
                      Winatschek, Marcel. “Er nannte sie Eva — Dieser Fotograf teilt die intimen Momente zwischen ihm und seiner Sexpuppe.” Amy & Pink [Buchloe, Germany]. 17 Nov. 2016. Web.
                      Cho, Wonhee. “‘섹스돌 프로젝트’로 주목받는 사진작가 준 코리아.” Korea Joongang Daily [Los Angeles, United States]. 16 Aug. 2016: 17. Print. Web.
                      Wong, Yoon Sann. “Uncanny Series Captures Photographer’s Fantasy Love Relationship with a Sex Doll.” DesignTAXI [Singapore]. 15 Aug. 2016. Web.
                      Holden, Madeleine. “Meet the New York-Based Artist Living with a Sex Doll.” Highsnobiety [Berlin, Germany]. 27 July 2016. Web.
                      Clemente, Mariarosaria. “Still Lives: Eva, la sex doll di June Korea.” Ultima Voce [Rome, Italy]. 23 July 2016. Web.
                      “充氣娃娃有生命? 藝術家在她身上看見自己.” Liberty Times [Taipei, Taiwan]. 15 July 2016. Web.
                      Kang, Byeongjin. “This Artist Photographs Sex Dolls in Order to Explore Human Emotions.” The Huffington Post [France, Italy, Japan, Quebec, Republic of Korea, and United States]. 11 July 2016. Web.
                      Blair. “Este fotógrafo te enseña lo que es vivir con una muñeca de plástico.” Cribeo [Barcelona, Spain]. 10 July 2016. Web.
                      Kirby, Matthew. “Photographer Documents His Intimate Relationship with a Lifelike Sex Doll.” Konbini [France, Mexico, United Kingdom, and United States]. 3 July 2016. Web.
                      Peña, Iván. “Fotógrafo coreano relata su extraño ‘noviazgo’ con una muñeca modelo.” El Tiempo [Bogotá, Colombia]. 1 July 2016. Print. Web.
                      Green, Jamie. “June Korea’s Photographic Fantasy: One Man’s Relationship with His Sex Doll.” It’s Nice That [London, United Kingdom]. 28 June 2016. Web.
                      Mccrum, Kirstie. “Sex Doll Photographs Reveal ‘Fantasy Relationship’ of Lonely Man Who Sleeps and Eats with ‘Toy.’” Daily Mirror [London, United Kingdom]. 27 June 2016. Web.
                      Law, Steve. “Korean Photographer Breathes Life into a Doll in Candid Still Life Series.” DigitalRev [Hong Kong]. 27 June 2016. Web.
                      Umrlec. “Život s realistickou sex bábikou. Fotograf dokumentuje svoju osamelosť.” Doba Magazín [Bratislava, Slovakia]. 27 June 2016. Web.
                      López, Alejandro. “La soledad de un fotógrafo a través de su relación con una muñeca sexual.” Cultura Colectiva [Mexico City, Mexico]. 22 June 2016. Web.
                      Ferri, Graziano. “June Korea Shows Us His Fantasy Love Relationship with His Sex Doll Eva.” Fotografia [International]. 20 June 2016. Web.
2015              Kim, Dongwoo. “섹스돌로 예술하는 한인 청년 ‘홀로 마주한 공허함이 무서웠다.’” Kukmin Ilbo [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 3 Dec. 2015. Web.
                      Changxin, Chen. “不在乎別人眼光 他與充氣娃娃談起戀愛.” China Times [Chongqing, China]. 30 July 2015. Web.
                      Kim, Ami. “‘에바(Eva)’에게 인생을 건 사진작가.” The Herald Business [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 17 Aug. 2015: 24. Print. Web.
                      Lucchesi, Nick. “June and the Real Girl: A Photographer Explains His ‘Relationship’ with a Sex Doll.” The Village Voice [New York, United States]. 9 July 2015. Web.
                      Stirling, Dana. “June Korea, ‘Still Lives: As I Slept, I Left My Camera over There.’” Float Photo Magazine [New York, United States]. 2 May 2015: 41–60. Web.
2014              “Emerging Artist: June Korea.” The Artist Catalogue [New York, United States]. 1 Aug. 2014: 34–39. Web.
2013              Yim, Yijo. “June Korea Shooting His Dream.” Magazine Joy-Route [Minneapolis, United States]. 7 Nov. 2013: Cover, 38–76. Web.
                      Roh, Eunyoung. “잃어버린 기억을 찾아서, 사진작가 June Korea.” Intermission [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 24 Oct. 2013. Web.
                      Choi, Yebin. “생각이 좋은 작가, 매일 두근거리는 삶을 사는 행복한 포토그래퍼 - June Korea.” Visumé [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 27 Sept. 2013. Web.
                      “5월의 아티스트.” Coupist [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 1 May 2013: Cover, 24–50. Web.
                      Lee, Hyerin. “사진을 통해 소통을 배우다.” Artview [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 28 Jan. 2013: 22–24. Print. Web.
2012              “Life in Focus.” The Picture Professional [New York, United States]. 28 Dec. 2012: 64. Print. Web.
                      Lee, Gwangjae. “내 손으로 만드는 기적, 재능기부 이야기.” uniK [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 29 June 2012. Web.
                      “Featured Artist: June Korea.” Resource Magazine [Brooklyn, United States]. 17 Apr. 2012: 104. Print.
2006              “Featured Artist: June Korea.” The Womens News [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 15 Apr. 2006. Print.
2005              “기적을 꿈꾸는 사람들.” Make-A-Wish 소원· 별· 이야기 [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 22 June 2005: 23. Print.
2004              “눈이 큰 아이.” Sports Seoul EPN [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 3 Jan. 2004. Web.
2003              “Paper's Dream Gallery.” Paper Magazine [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 1 Nov. 2003: 20. Print.

Artist’s Talks & Lectures & Workshops

2015              Artist’s Talk. Rusted Iron in DUMBO [Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 31 July 2015.
2008              Lecture. Cooperation and Participation in Overseas NGOs [Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 17 Jan. 2008.
2007              Lecture. Make-A-Wish Foundation [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 2 Nov. 2007.
                      Lecture. Kangnam University [Yongin, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 2007.
2006              Lecture. Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation [Mapo, Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 6 June 2007.
2005              Workshop. Ilsan Child Care Center [Ilsan, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 5 May 2005.
2004              Lecture. Naejung Middle School [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea]. 2004.


2016              Jennifer Jooah Kim [Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
                      Alfred Peter Olivera [Mount Vernon, NY, United States].
2015              One Alloy [Incheon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
2014              School of Visual Arts M.F.A. Photography, Video and Related Media [New York, NY, United States].
2013              Junwon Sohn [Incheon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
2012              Ophelia Chong [Los Angeles, CA, United States].
                      Dennis Keeley [Pasadena, CA, United States].
                      Roderick Smith & Linda Miller [Los Angeles, CA, United States].
2011              Lorne M. Buchman [Pasadena, CA, United States].
2010              Fullcity Coffee [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
                      Oolee Institute of Photography [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].


2017–Now    President. +arts Institute of Arts [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
2016–Now    Judge. CA it Awards [New York, NY, United States].
2005–Now    Volunteer Photographer. Make-A-Wish Foundation [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
2001–Now    Photographer. June Korea Photography [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea–Los Angeles, CA, United States–New York, NY, United States].
2016–2017    Cofounder. MayJune Pictures [New York, NY, United States].
2015–2017    Columnist. NYCultureBeat [New York, NY, United States].
2011–13        Volunteer Photographer. SOHO Project [Los Angeles, CA, United States].
2012              Documentarian. TEDx ArtCenter College of Design [Pasadena, CA, United States].
2010–12        Volunteer Photographer. YWCA [Pasadena, CA, United States].
2008–09        Columnist. Hyundai Emille TV Magazine [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
2004              Photojournalist. Artian News [Jongno, Seoul, Republic of Korea].


Belif [New York, NY, United States].
Educhora [New York, NY, United States].
Ehwa Trade [Yongin, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
Cine Cube [Jongno, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
Daekyo Co., Ltd. [Gwanak, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
The Dong-A Ilbo [Seodaemun, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
Glow Recipe [New York, NY, United States].
Hotel Gallery [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
KISS Products, Inc. [Port Washington, NY, United States].
Kyunghee B&B Medical Clinic [Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
LOEN Entertainment [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
Modl Theatre [Gwacheon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea].
Oakwood Premier [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
PAVO, Inc. [Glendale, CA, United States].
Seoul Roll [Singapore].
S.M. Entertainment [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
Wiz Island [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].
Ye Dental Clinic [Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea].

Valtinho Anastacio [Brazil].
Youngchan Kwon [Republic of Korea].
Eunice Olsen [Singapore].