About Hakbong Kwon

Hakbong Kwon



A Photographer's Journey: 

From Sangju to Lampang

Hailing from the tranquil countryside of Sangju, Gyeongbuk, Korea, he embarked on a journey that would transform him into a photographer of captivating depth and vision. His path began with a degree in visual design from Dankook University in Seoul, where he honed his artistic sensibilities. His professional journey unfolded at Hanwha General Chemical (now Hanwha Impact), where he applied his creative talents as a designer.


In 2014, his photographic prowess was recognized with the 'Onbit Photography Award', a testament to his ability to capture the essence of human existence through the lens of his camera. This accolade was followed by another in 2018, solidifying his position as a photographer of exceptional talent. His work 'WORSHIP' further propelled him onto the international stage, earning an Honorable Mention in the Fine Art, Abstract categories at the prestigious International Photo Award IPA.



Since 2019, he has been actively involved in 'PhapthaySajin', a project that fosters cultural exchange between Korea and Thailand, serving as both a director and participating artist. His work seamlessly blends the realms of documentary and fine art, resulting in unique visual expressions that delve into the depths of human nature.



In 2017, he took a bold step, relocating to Lampang, Thailand, where he immersed himself in the rich cultural tapestry of his new home. His artistic endeavors have not gone unnoticed, garnering recognition through exhibitions and publications in both Thailand and Korea.



Throughout his artistic journey, he has consistently defied boundaries, pushing the limits of photography to create art that resonates with the soul. His images are not mere visual representations; they are portals into the human experience, capturing the essence of emotions, struggles, and triumphs.



With his camera as his compass, he continues to explore the world, transforming ordinary moments into extraordinary masterpieces. His work serves as a bridge between cultures, fostering understanding and appreciation for the intricate tapestry of human existence. He is a photographer who captures the essence of life itself, one captivating frame at a time.


Education and work experience

1996.03~2003.02 Bachelor of Visual Design, Dankook University (Hannam-dong, Seoul)
2003.07~2006.12 Graphic designer, Hanwha Design Center (Seoul, Janggyo-dong)
2010~ Alamy contributing photographer (UK)
2011~ Getty Images contributing photographer (USA)
2015.05 Photo community site ‘Strobist Korea’ opened.
2018.06 EBS World Theme Travel ‘Golden Triangle, more beautiful than gold’ Parts 1-4 Curator
2019.11 UNESCO International Photography Education Program Instructor, ‘17th EIU Photo Class’, Chiang Mai, Thailand


2014.05 Cafe Madagascar (Dream Factory + Hankyoreh Newspaper Contest) Kwon Hak-bong’s solo exhibition ‘Nomad People’
2012 Snowden Photo contest Choice Award (Australia)
2014.11 Onbit Documentary selected 11 people for the Onbit Award
2018.11 Onbit Documentary won the Onbit Award, ‘Rohingya Refugee Camp, 1 Year Later.’
2023.09 IPA Fine Art, Abstract, Honorable Mention Award, 'WORSHIP'


2016.11 Photoshop Lightroom Photo Correction Lecture, published, Golden Owl Publishing, 602 pages, ISBN 9788960304727
2018.07 Kwon Hak-bong’s Professional Photography and Lighting Lecture Volumes 1 and 2 published, Golden Owl Publishing, ISBN 9788960305069, 9788960305076
2019.04 The story of Rohingya refugee, photo report by Hakbong Kwon published by Golden Owl Publishing, ISBN 9788960305236
2023.04 PHOTOBOOK HAKBONG KWON published by Golden Owl Publishing, ISBN 9788960306141

Solo Exhibition

2015.03 What it means to be a college student in Korea, Art Space Knot, Ankuk, Seoul.
2016.11 People on the Mountain, Suwon International Photo Festival solo exhibition, Suwon Art Center
2016.12 People on the Mountain, Invitational exhibition, Yeomi Gallery
2017.11 Nangpa, Looking Back at the Kingdom, Suwon International Photo Festival solo exhibition, Suwon Bitgnoeul Gallery
2017.11 Colors of Thailand, Gallery Cho Wai Invitational Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand
2019.04 Story of Rohingya Refugees, Gallery Gyeongbuk solo exhibition, Insa-dong, Seoul
2020.12 DENIAL SCENERY, Solo exhibition, Chiang Mai University Art Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2022.09 The Notion of Being in Present Time and Place, Degree exhibition, Rungpum Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2023.04 About Human Nature, Gallery Gyeongbuk Solo exhibition, Insa-dong, Seoul

Group Exhibition

2018.04 Cost of life in Jharia, Rumpueng Community Art Space 3-person exhibition, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2019.12 PhapthaySajin, Participate & director, THA-KOR photo exchange exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2023.11 PhapthaySajin, Participate & director, THA-KOR photo exchange exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Get in touch

Inquiries about photo-related collaborations or photography are always welcome.


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