The Bright Photographer—Scott Joonhyuk Jung

Scott Joonhyuk Jung brings a ray of light to the world of photography


 (By Blythe Liu)

On a recent sunny afternoon, I sat down with a young and tall photographer—Scott Joonhyuk Jung, at one of Hell’s Kitchen’s busiest Thai restaurants, Yum Yum Too for an Asian Fusion exclusive interview. Although we had never met before, he was easy recognized in the crowd; dressed as a fashion insider, with his sleek minimalist all-black look, and artistic hair style. As we chatted over our meal, he began talk about his background, and what led him to pursue a career in the photography industry.

Jung was born and raised in South Korea. As a college student, he majored in automobile engineering, but went on to later join the army. After about two years, he realized that his interest was not in engineering, but in fashion photography.

In 2005, Scott started working on-line for Esquire Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, working as a special events photographer. One year later, Jung decided to move to Australia to study English, while continuing to pursue his dream of being a fashion photographer. Since then, he has covered not just fashion shows, but has dabbled in editorial work as well, working with such high profile clients as Samsung, Dunkin Donuts, and Alliance Insurance on commercial work. He had finally turned what was once a hobby, and passion, into a career. But the road to success was long and winding. Jung found himself working tirelessly to gain more experience. Jung worked for a modeling agency, and was shooting TV commercials in order to improve his portfolio. The year 2010 marked a great year for Jung, as he opened his own modeling agency, S Modeling Agency, in Sydney. There, he was in charge of casting, styling and shooting the models, doing as many as 200 castings in just one day!

After four years of living in Australia, Jung returned to South Korea. His six-month stint there was short lived. As soon as the shooting of the film “Hindsight” was completed, he decided that venturing to America would open a lot more doors for him. Jung’s first stop in America was San Francisco, where he studied at the Academy of Art University for a year and a half. After a visit to New York last winter, he made New York his permanent home. Jung, like many before him, found the city lights inspiring, and the city full of opportunities. He is pursuing his bachelor degree at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) right now, while also working part time with Psy, the Gangnam Style singer, as his go-to photographer.

Recently, Scott Joonhyuk Jung won 11 out of 12 awards, after submitting twelve very special images for the International Photography Awards (IPA). One of his biggest wins of the night was the Advertising and Beauty award. His photographs are unique in that they are many-sided; each is easily affected by the movement, the light, the shade, and the concept of the photo. It seems every picture has its own life, all delivering some message to you. “I just enjoy shooting people,” he says. Jung just finished a group exhibition a few months ago in Chelsea. Asian Fusion looks forward to seeing more of his amazing work in the near future.