Photography — 19th May 2015

Rebekah Seok

Meet the Korean photographer creating art as quickly as she discovers it

Raised in Queens, New York, Rebekah Seok was born in a town that neglected art, scorning its value and disregarding it as a basis for a career. Yet, ironically, the suppression of ideology and creativity so often engenders their continuation, as was the case for Rebekah.

Having taken a week off her studies during her junior year, she travelled to London, where she visited a gallery for the first time. Having discovered art and spent time with young artists during that trip, she is now developing her discipline stateside. Turning to other photographers in order to learn more about her craft, Rebekah recently interned at Milk Studios in NYC, where she now freelances. She tells us that work was tremendously hard, but this only served to provide a rigorous learning curve that taught her about precision and the strive for perfection.

We have picked out an array of work from Rebekah’s portfolio below, and we’re especially impressed with the growing maturity displayed throughout. Many of the analogue photographers we feature can make light work for them with astonishing skill, no matter what they do, but Rebekah has taken this to the next level with each image almost telling the story of its subject.

This is particularly the case with one of Rebekah’s most recent shoots; ‘Shiyin’, inspired by the colour palettes and lighting of Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai and shot at Leonard’s Palazzo. His unfailing exposition of emotional dislocation clearly resonates strongly with Rebekah; “living in Queens is a totally remote area compared to Manhattan…perhaps that is why I can relate to the characters and feel so drawn to his films”.

As a result, this new work reflects a breathtaking coming-of-age, tapping into feelings of isolation and estrangement whilst also conveying an incredible rawness. Make sure to check out the rest of her portfolio below.

seokstudios.com

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Kiera

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Shiyin

 

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

For ASOS

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Ellen

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

For Third Looks

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Kiera

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Shiyin

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

For ASOS

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Ellen

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Shiyin

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Kiera

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Ellen

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Shiyin

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

For ASOS

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Shiyin

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

For Third Looks

Rebekah Seok at Intern Magazine

Ellen