In Focus: The Tree (February 8 to July 3, 2011)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 8 to July 3, 2011, (Cat.)
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Myoung Ho Lee (South Korean, born 1975)
South Korea (Place created)
negative 2006; print 2009
40 x 32 cm (15 3/4 x 12 5/8 in.)
© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council
Working outside, Lee employs a common photography prop that is typically used inside: the studio backdrop. After he digitally removes all evidence of the extraneous supports used to hoist the sheet, the images read as elegant portraits of the natural world. His prints of single trees isolated against stark canvases, yet within the context of the countryside, create a tension between the traditional genres of landscape and portraiture.