Sproxton Award for Photography - 2007 winner
Hee Seung Chung’s staged portraits of actors in the Persona Series transpose their performances from the stage into the studio to explore their creation of character and emotion in an almost forensic setting. Hee Seung Chung is a graduate of MA Photography at London College of Communication and 2007 winner of the Sproxton Award for Photography.
"Within my MA project entitled ‘Persona’ I have produced a series of portraits of actors playing their characters. My interest was focused on the relationship with the staged and authentic emotion, as displayed by actors.
By photographing actors’ facial expressions at the moment of absorption into a character’s emotional state, I have examined the psychological process with which actors’ persona becomes their own temporary reality.
I have attempted to encapsulate this vulnerable moment in which the actor’s genuine sadness and staged grief are intermingled with each other and the boundary between the actor’s mask and their face; and the acted emotion and the actor’s own feelings becomes obscured."