Korean Photographer, Cho Se-hyeon
It was fun to photograph people
사람을 찍는 것이 제일 재미있었다고 말하는 연예인 사진 전문가, 조세현 사진작가
Cho Se-hyeon is one of the most famous Korean photographer in South Korea. He is known as a portrait photographer, mainly shooting celebrities. Since 2015, he has served as a chair professor at the School of Performing and Imaging at Chung-Ang University. Recently, he participated in the London Paralympic Organizing Committee (IPC) and Sochi Paralympic as an official photographer, and was appointed as the ambassador for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Korea.
After graduating from Chung-Ang University, he became the head of the photography department of a women’s magazine. Since 1992, he became an independent freelancer, established ‘Icon Studio’, and published covers, interviews, fashion, advertisements, documentary photos, and essays in many fashion magazines and newspapers.
In the early 1990s, he took pictures of actors and actress, for instance, Ko So-young, Lee Jeong-jae, Song Seung-heon, and So Ji-sub took for a cover page of magazines. Since then, he selected actors Kim Min-hee, Lim Soo-jung, and Kim So-yeon, and they debuted in the entertainment industry.
There was an anecdote that Lee Young-ae, who was most popular actress and selected as a model during the 1998 Chamisul launching ad, would not sign a model unless Jo Hyun-seok filmed it. He also was in charge of advertisements include Jinro’s true dew, LG Zhai Apartment, Samsung Anycall, KT Drama, Kim Yuna Maxim Coffee, LG Trom Washing Machine, Kyobo Life, Green Plum, Whoo Cosmetics, Lancome Cosmetics, etc.
From 4th to 7th in January 1999, he worked with the actor Lee Young-ae with for a fashion magazine, Vogue, in North Korea’s Mt. Geumgang. In 2011, he photographed an actor Son Ye-jin at Cheonji in Baekdusan Mountain for an Hanbok. In 2016, he was invited to hold a solo exhibition “Sound oh Wind-Hanbok” and worked on a movie poster of the comfort women’s theme film, ‘Homecoming’, which was produced in 2016.
He participated in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as an official photographer, and in 2015, he was appointed as the ambassador for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Games. In 2012, he was appointed as an advisory member of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. In the 50th anniversary of Korea-Japan diplomatic relations in 2015, it was recognized by the Japanese government for recognition of its contribution to cultural exchange between Korea and Japan. In July 2018, it was appointed as the 1st Global Ambassador for Public Relations by the government of Amomori, Japan.