Dongwook Lee
SOUTH KOREA
Dongwook Lee was born in 1973 in Daejeon, South Korea and currently lives and works in Seoul. He graduated from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies with a major in Chinese. A self-taught photographer, he decided to study photography in earnest during his studies at university. Until his mid-30’s he worked for numerous fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Elle, and Marie Claire, as well as doing commercial work for brands such as Nike, Reebok, Calvin Klein, Samsung, LG, and Levi’s. He has received awards from around the world and in his mid-30’s he was awarded the HP (Hewlett-Packard) Award Grand Prize and thanks to that prize he gained the opportunity to hold his first exhibition. In his first and second exhibitions, he used Barbie dolls to express the brutality of human nature with distorted love of Barbie and Ken. Since then, he has focused his lens on the inner collision of human beings. He creates works which express human keen life like a war with human body. Inspired by his sister who is a painter, some of his compositions have a painting like quality. From his start in from photography, he has gradually expanded his art to making videos and sculptures.
The Magus
Appellation used together Babylonian priest who is good at magic or astrology in Ancient Greece and Rome. These photographs were created in collaboration with internationally recognized magician Lee Eun-Kyul, the first Asian to rank number one in General Magic at Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) and winner of the prestigious Merlin Award of the International Magicians Society (IMS). Magicians have historically played key roles in society under various titles, whether they were called ‘Sorcerers’ challenging the gods, or ‘Wizards’ heavily influencing the political and religious decisions of empires. Today in a world where science trumps sorcery, and ‘magic’ is no longer an enchanting mystery but a technical trick; we refer to these professionals as ‘Magicians’ or ‘Illusionists’. Our collaboration started with an image of a bird, freely crossing over the line between two worlds. The crow symbolizes both evil and good, depending on cultural perspective – resembling the life of an illusionist, suffering at the border between reality and fantasy. In this project, I have defined my photos as a simple expression of my imagination. However, through the various and numerous photos we have prepared, when the distinction between reality and fantasy becomes irrelevant and the real world could also be viewed as fictitious, the conceptual essence of these photos eventually become open possibilities and predictions of the future

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.