Bae Bien-u

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Bae Bien-u
Born (1950-05-22) May 22, 1950 (age 69)
NationalitySouth Korean
Alma materHongik University
EmployerSeoul National University
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBae Byeong-u
McCune–ReischauerPae Pyŏng'u

Bae Bien-u (born May 22, 1950) is a South Korean photographer. He is a professor in Seoul Institute of the Arts.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Bae was born in Yeosu, Jeollanam-do in 1950, and graduated from Hongik University's College of Arts in 1974 and the graduate school of the same university in 1976.

Renowned as a professional photographer with themes especially concentrated on pine trees, he has become a representative photographer with the reputation of capturing the characteristic sentiments of Korea including the pine trees, oceans and mountains with his camera rather than a brush.[2]

He became better-known outside of South Korea after selling one of his pine tree photographs to English singer Elton John in 2005.[3] Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak later gave a collection of Bae's pine tree photographs to U.S. president Barack Obama during a summit held in Washington.[4]

He served as professor of the Department of Photography at Seoul Institute of the Arts.[5]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Some of his solo exhibitions are listed below:

Collections of photographs[edit]

  • To live in a thickly forested mountain (청산에 살어리랏다), 2005, ISBN 9788930101769
  • Changdeokgung (창덕궁), 2009, ISBN 9788992074353


  1. ^ 네이버 인물검색<배병우> Naver people <Bae Bien-U>
  2. ^ 흑백 사진에 담긴 자연…배병우 개인전 ‘WINDSCAPE’《SBS뉴스》2013년10월11일. Nature contained in black & white photograph, Personal exhibition by Bae Bien-U, ‘WINDSCAPE’ 《SBS News》
  3. ^ 사진작가 배병우, “자연스러운 소나무 곡선이 한국의 美” 《매일경제》2011-10-02. Photographic Artist Bae Bien-U, “The natural curvatures of the pine tree illustrating the aesthetics of Korea”
  4. ^ 소나무 작가 배병우, 다음 사진은 '남해안' Pine tree professional photographer, Bae Bien-U. The next photograph is the 'Southern Coast of Korea'
  5. ^ 4개국서 동시 사진전 여는 배병우 사진작가 《서울신문》27면 2012-06-21. Professional photographer Bae Bien-U, holding simultaneous photographic exhibitions in 4 different countries 《Seoul Shinmun
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