June Korea

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June Korea
June with Michael Jai White.jpg
June Korea with Michael Jai White
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
Occupationvisual artist and photographer

June Korea (Korean: 조준태(Juntae Cho); born July 22, 1982)[1] is a New York–based visual artist and photographer.[2] Sometimes, his works feature his sex doll Eva.[3][4] He lives with Eva, his silicon sex doll for his photographic project.[5][6] His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions.[7] He and his sex doll have attracted attraction from the media and has been featured in different media publications worldwide.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

He obtained a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering in South Korea.[10] He received a B.F.A. in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design in California.[11] After that he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York where he obtained an M.F.A. in Photography, Video and Related Media.[12] While studying at the engineering school, he met another photographer who inspired him to take on photography as a profession.[7]


According to an interview he stated that he always felt lonely after coming home from work or parties.[13] He researched life-size dolls to discover the one that will best resemble a human being.[3] He bought Eva in 2014.[5] He sleeps, shops, dines, drives, travels, laughs and cries with her.[14] His love doll Eva is usually captured in a wide range of pictures similar to that of a traditional couple going through various activities.[15][16]


  • 2017 Life Framer Award—Still Life: 20 Amazing Photographers to Discover.[17]
  • 2015 CA it Awards Photography Gold Award.[18]
  • 2015 Neutral Density Photography Awards 1st Place—Gold Star Award.
  • 2015 Seoul–New York Photo Festival Silver Award.
  • 2015 21st Artist Portfolio Award by Artist Portfolio Magazine.
  • 2012 53rd CMYK Magazine Award.
  • 2012 27th Creative Quarterly Award.
  • 2011 MAC Group Photography Award.
  • 2011 Museum of Seongnam Arts Center Emerging Artist Award by Seongnam Arts Center.
  • 2009 Make-A-Wish Achievement Award by Make-A-Wish Foundation.[19]
  • 2005 Feelux Lighting Grand Award.
  • 2003 Dong-A Photography Excellence Award by The Dong-A Ilbo.


  1. ^ "네이버 인물정보". NAVER. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  2. ^ ""실물인형과의 교감…부모님도 미쳤다 하셨죠" ::: 미주 중앙일보". 미주중앙일보. Korea Daily. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Artist Photographs Sex Dolls To Explore Human Emotions". The Huffington Post. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Oyuncak Kız Arkadaşıyla Fotoğraflarını Instagram'da Paylaşıyor" (in Turkish). Haberler. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b McCrum, Kirstie (27 June 2016). "'Lonely' man shares photographs of his sex doll relationship". Daily Mirror.
  6. ^ "섹스돌과 살며 인증샷?…사진작가 '준코리아'의 작품세계". 디스패치 | 뉴스는 팩트다!. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b "el coreano solitario y su extraño 'amor' por una muñeca - Galería de Fotos - El Tiempo" (in Spanish). El Tiempo (Colombia). Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  8. ^ "June Korea: The New York Artist Living With a Sex Doll". Highsnobiety. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Paper's Dream Gallery." Paper Magazine [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 1 Nov. 2003: 20. Print.
  10. ^ "Instagram photos capture what it's like to live with and love a sex doll". The Daily Dot. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  11. ^ 話題, 中時電子報. "不在乎別人眼光 他與充氣娃娃談起戀愛". 中時電子報 話題 (in Chinese). China Times. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. ^ "섹스돌로 예술하는 한인 청년 "홀로 마주한 공허함이 무서웠다"". Kukmin Ilbo. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Still Lives: Eva, la sex doll di June Korea" (in Italian). Ultima Voce. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Απαθανατίζοντας τη σχέση ενός άνδρα με… μια πλαστική κούκλα (pics)" (in Greek). E-Radio. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Still Lives: Eva". Official website. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Meet the lonely man that eats, sleeps with sex doll". News24. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Life Framer". Life Framer. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  18. ^ "CA it Awards". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  19. ^ "기적을 꿈꾸는 사람들." Make-A-Wish 소원· 별· 이야기 [Seoul, Republic of Korea]. 22 June 2005: 23. Print

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