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Multi-layered photographs show people’s inner lives merging with their environments—suggesting what we see of reality is less than what exists.

Hye-Ryoung Min was born in South Korea and lives and works in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery LUX and Gallery Comma in Korea, and the School of Visual Arts Gallery and John Jay Gallery in New York. She received a Portfolio Award at the Seoul Photo Festival 2011 and exhibited at the Seoul Museum of Art. Her series “Channel247” was picked by Robert Lyons as one of the winners of the Conscientious Portfolio Competition 2012. Most recently, her work received an honorable mention for “The Family” at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, juried by Aline Smithson from Lenscratch, and was selected for the Lotus Photography Summer Group Show at hpgrp Gallery in New York.

All images used with permission, copyright © the artist, all rights reserved.

The Morning News:

What do you struggle with most as an artist?

Hye-Ryoung Min:

Living in reality. I still have to do laundry, grocery shopping, pay the rent, and reply to emails.

TMN:

Does a camera come between you and other people, or does it connect you?

HRM:

With a camera I can see myself on my subject.

TMN:

What is your favorite camera at the moment?

HRM:

Unfortunately it is a Canon, which I can operate by instinct, without thinking at all, but it doesn’t make the best image. My second favorite is a Mamiya, which makes beautiful images but is killing my wrist. However, tools are just tools. They are not creators.

TMN:

What do you like about airports?

HRM:

The moment when the split-flap display switches the airplane status to “arrived,” and my heart starts beating fast until someone appears at the gate. But, lately, most of the time I’m the one leaving, so I do not like the airport.

TMN:

How do projects begin for you?

HRM:

Heart moves, time allows, and the camera works.

TMN:

When was the last time you saw someone else’s art and were confused?

HRM:

Everyday. I try not to be exposed to art that makes me confused in uninspiring ways.

TMN:

Is work ever not personal?

HRM:

Every photograph is also a self-portrait.

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded The Morning News. He is the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down and You Lost Me There. His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin