"I deeply believe that the act of photography is more than capturing a moment in a frame. A deliberately composed photograph awakens our minds, leads our senses to awareness, hopefully inspires our souls, and provokes certain change. Hence, photography to me is not only a tool of self-communion but also a tool of witnessing and testifying to the human condition in a world that demands uncompromising commitment and tremendous responsibility to subject matter. I wish for my photography to be a catalyst for change, and to have a positive impact on our society."
Shin Woong-jae(신웅재) is a South Korean photojournalist base in New and Seoul. He majored Linguistics and also studied Semiotics in Korea University in Seoul, South Korea before starting photography. His studies in semiotics led him to brand strategy, then he started his career in marketing and brand management in 2001.
After ten years of distinguished career in international brands like Nike and Montblanc, he decided to devote himself entirely to the world of photography hugely inspired by great photographers like W. Eugene Smith, Eugene Richards and Joseph Koudelka. He moved to New York for further study in photojournalism, and graduated from School of the International Center of Photography in 2012. He majored Documentary and Photojournalism course, and he was awarded the ICP’s Director Fellowship during his studies. After graduation, he interned at VII Photo Agency in New York in 2012.
As a photojournalist, Woong-jae focuses on human rights issues in social landscape. He deeply believe that a deliberately developed work of documentary and photojournalism can cause a certain change in human society. His long term project about semiconductor factory workers published on The Washington Post and also featured on Time LightBox. While developing long term projects, his versatility has satisfied various clients like The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, International New York Times and GQ Korea among others. He is a stock contributing photographer to Redux in New York and a contributing writer for PhotoDot Magazine in South Korea.
He joined Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII, and was awarded Hillman Foundation Fellowship in 2014.
"Woong-jae is extremely talented and has a lot to offer; he is not only proficient as a documentary photographer but also as a photojournalist. He shows great interest in his assignments and also shows an immense desire to learn which combined makes a terrific work ethic for someone to have. His work ethic combined with his vision and creativity establish him as an asset to a very limited field of people that demonstrate with his level of talent and expertise."
- Donna Ferrato, Documentary photographer