Tommy Kwak

Tommy KwakNew York City, United States

Tommy Kwak’s work explores the transience of landscapes and natural forms through ethereal large-format colour photographs. His work has been shown in New York City and Iceland, most recently in commissions for Louis Vuitton at their locations in NYC and Cologne, Germany. He earned a BFA in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts in 2002 and completed photography courses at the International Center of Photography from 2006 to 2008. In 2010 and 2016, Tommy participated in the SÍM Residency program in Reykjavík, Iceland, as well as the international arts festival, Villa Reykjavík.

Notable Clients
Louis Vuitton and Perigold.

12 Items

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  1. Waves 9 (Faroe Islands)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  2. Inch Beach 4 (Ireland)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  3. Winter Fog (Snæfellsnes, Iceland)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  4. Waves (Amagansett, NY)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  5. Cherry Blossoms (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  6. Stream (Kirkjufell, Iceland)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  7. Winter Waves (Langanes, Iceland)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  8. Kirkjufell, Iceland
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  9. Beach stand 9 (South Beach, Miami)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  10. Beach Stand 8 (South Beach, Miami)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  11. Aurora 10 (Iceland)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00
  12. Aurora 7 (Iceland)
    Tommy Kwak
    £510.00

12 Items

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Set Descending Direction

Lumitrix Artist's Questionnaire

Describe your process as a photographer?

I enjoy travelling and exploring new places and photographing them. Before I visit a new place, I research potential locations to shoot and handle other travel logistics. When at the destination, I ideally photograph during early morning, starting before sunrise, or around sunset. I don’t really have an agenda other than to just be open-minded and be in the moment and photograph with my eye and intuition. I photograph straight landscapes and seascapes, but I also like to experiment while shooting, using various materials and techniques to produce analog effects in-camera. Later, when editing on the computer, I may push these effects further in post-processing. When the editing is finished, I prepare the image for printing, tweaking sharpening and colour to bring out the best qualities possible in the final print.

Which opportunity has defined your career thus far?

Louis Vuitton’s commission of unique artworks for their store locations helped legitimize my work to a greater audience and provided opportunities that may have not been possible before.

Describe the space within which you work?

I photograph during my travels whether to Iceland or Faroe Islands or beaches and nature areas closer to home in the NY area. I edit images in my home office in suburban NJ, just outside of NYC. Here I work with a large, colour-calibrated monitor and Wacom tablet. Down the hallway, I have a printer room where I make prints up to 44” wide.

Which photographer are you most influenced by?

Sophie Calle, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sze Tsung Leong, Roni Horn

How has your education informed you?

Not much! My formal education is in the sciences and graphic design. I am self-taught in photography except for a few intro classes at International Center of Photography.

Which photograph(s) would you like to collect?

If I had unlimited funds, I would love to collect Wolfgang Tillman’s “Freischwimmer” series, large, ethereal lens-based images of flowing coloured lines, Roni Horn’s Iceland images, Sze Tsung Leong’s “Horizon” series, and Rineke Dijkstra’s portraits. Also, I would love to collect the works of the many fellow artists I’ve met on Instagram.

Is there a subject that you’re yet to explore?

Portraits.

Has social media positively impacted your work?

Yes! Instagram has provided wide exposure for my work and also introduced me to curators, art advisors, and collectors.

Which of your travels has inspired you?

Iceland with it’s wide open landscapes and ethereal light.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be patient and just do the work.

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