SEOK Jae-hyun was born in Daegu, Korea, where he built part of his career. He completed his graduate studies at Ohio University majoring Visual Communication in the United States. His career can be summarized as a photographer, professor and curator. His experience from working as a freelancer photographer—for New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Korean GEO—in the past has brought him where he is now.
To start off with his works in Korea, he has organized a major Korean photo festival named Daegu Photo Biennale in 2006 with others. Moreover, he has curated many international exhibitions including Imaging Asia in Documents with 33 photographers from around the world for the very first Daegu Photo Biennale. In addition, he curated the exhibitions such as Women in War (Daegu Photo Biennale, 2014), Dream and Reality (DIPE, Dali, China, 2011, 2013 & 2015), ON KOREA (Istanbul, Turkey, 2013), Blooming Silk Road (Seoul, Korea, 2014), Eye of Istanbul _ Ara Guler (Seoul Photography Museum, 2015) and Imaging Korea (traveling exhibitions in Europe). He has also participated in international photo festivals such as Dali, China, Singapore and Istanbul, Turkey as a foreign curation team. He received the Best Curator Award from DIPE, in China, 2015 & 2017.
And as he did the above works, he also continued to do independent works. After profiling 30 other established photographers from other countries on VON photography magazine, he is now working as an associate editor for Photo Dot magazine in Korea. And at the same time, he is also working as a director of Korea Photography Content Institute which was established in 2014.