Tree #3
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© Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

Myoung Ho Lee
South Korean, negative 2006, print 2009
Ink-jet print
20 x 16 in.

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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.