Photos are also pictures: a bread earner who face lifted as a photographer

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▲ Pohotographer Inyoung Jo

A photo can have layers of meaning as a picture can. And this photo can be a landscape, a house, a flower, a group of people, you name it. What makes a good photo? It needs perfec angle, scene and equipment, syas photographer Inyoung Jo. 

A bread earner turned photographer, Jo has worked for NongHyup (agricultural cooperatives) for dacades and taken photos time to time. He still is working as the branch head of Pungcheon in Seoan-dong. 

Though seemed as an ordinary officeman, he has won a number of prizes in various photography contests in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2013 held by various bodies including Korean Air and Seoul Metropilitan City. 

And it all started when his friend closed a camera store and he bought some of the equipment out of sympathy. The friend then played a role as his photography teacher and encouraged him to join a clube; thus the beginning of his new career as a photographer. 

Looking back the moment, Jo says that it was the turning point of his life and an unexpected surpise that overwhelmed his daily routine as he was no interest at all in any form of art; and it opened a gate for a new world of wonder he had never dreamed of. 

As his skill and experience grew day by day alongside this new found passion, he started to see the surface, the colore and the border of the objects reflected in the lens. Gathering years of his life with camera, he recently published a book <Photos Are Also Pictures>. 

“Photography is an art of the moment and waiting” says Jo. “The more you shoot and the more you enjoy, the more works that you can satisfy with” added Jo. 

Retiring from NongHyup on December 31 this year, Jo looks back 60 years of his life whith plan and says that he wish to live remaining of his life without plan as a photographer who drifts here and there in seeking of the perfect shot. 


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