Every day, for four years, from the window of his studio, through his lens Ahae has captured the cycle of life. A single vantage point and over two-and-a-half million shots that bear testimony to the extraordinary beauty of nature immortalized throughout the seasons. Two hundred photographs by this unique artist are on show until September 9 at the Orangerie of the Versailles Palace.
For the past four years, morning till night, the South Korean photographer Ahae, 72, has taken up to 3,000 digital photographs each day of nature, undisturbed — the setting sun, ripples of water, foraging deer, woods dusted by a snow flurry — from a single window on the first floor of his home near Seoul.
Standing at the window of his studio, South Korean artist Ahae daydreams. Over a three-year period, this wealthy businessman and inventor has captured the pageant of nature as it reveals itself before his eyes: the flight of a grey heron, the setting sun, rain on the pond or a cloud floating by. In short, the seasons as they unfold in the light of the primordial world. His son, Keith Yoo, driven by “tender obstinacy”—as Catherine Pégard notes—provides continuity to his father’s project by showing the works in leading museums throughout the world. After having shown at the Louvre (“I thought nothing could match this exhibition”) the Orangerie at the Versailles Palace has opened its doors to this enlightened benefactor.
How creative could you be if you could only photograph through a single window your house? That’s the kind of self-limitation South Korean photographer Ahae placed on himself. His photography, titled Through My Window, features a million nature photographs captured over the past two years through a single window in his studio. He snaps a […]
Actually—and without even mentioning the established international success of the Lee Ufans and Nam June Paiks of the world—it’s been a banner few weeks for art in South Korea: First this guy assembled a functional satellite, for the equivalent of $500, basically in his basement, and will be launching it into space in the name […]
Selection of photographs, from the 2 million Ahae took from his window, on view at the Jardin des Tuileries
This summer, from June 27th to August 26th, visitors to the Louvre—true art-lovers and dutiful tourists alike—will find an extra, singular attraction in the venerable museum’s adjacent Jardin des Tuileries: De Ma Fenêtre, a solo exhibition of photographs by South Korean artist Ahae. Housed in a magnificent gallery erected for the occasion in the great garden’s southwestern corner, De Ma Fenêtre features several hundred photographs, selected from nearly two million, taken from a single window in the artist’s South Korea atelier over a three-year period.
A meticulous, almost maniacal enterprise. For two years, Ahae has taken pictures from the same window in his studio. Two-thousand, three-thousand, sometimes even four-thousand shots a day using his state-of-the-art digital camera.
Imagine looking out the same window every day. Now, say you take pictures through that window each day. You might expect that the scenery never changes, no matter how many times you click the shutter. Yet Ahae, an artist who hails from Korea, believes differently. From his countryside home in South Korea, he photographs graceful herons and leaping deer, sunsets and clouds- all taken through the same window. And every shot is different.
Two years spent watching the world from one window, and describing it from that unique perspective. The exhibition is the Italian debt of a Korean artist called Ahae, which means ‘child’. With his images, Ahae brings the natural world in all its magnificent beauty. And immortalizing the passage of time and changes in the nature […]
Two years spent at a window looking at the world and describing it solely from that point. Where the seasons change. Where a water deer passes by, frolicking in the grass as if it had wings. Where there are groves of cedars covered in wintry frost, or budding and with the colors of spring. Where things change with the rhythm of nature, without any artificial acceleration—with waiting, patience and measure.