Phil Jung was born and raised in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York. Jung received a BFA in Photography from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, Houston Center for Photography in Texas and Foley Gallery in NYC. His artwork has been featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Incandescent, The Photo Review, Mossless, and Kiblind Magazine in France. He was a recipient of the TMC Kodak International Film Grant in 2009 and Saint Botoph Foundations Emerging Artist Award in 2013. His work is in the permanent collection of LACMA. Phillip Jung currently lives and works in Honolulu where he teaches undergraduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Located nearly 3,000 miles from the closest continent, the islands of Hawaii operate with their own distinct set of cultural and social norms. The consciousness of land and sea is fundamental to its residents. O’ahu continues the tradition of surveying the American social landscape, focusing on Hawaii, the only state physically set apart from the US cross-country highways. Avoiding over-simplified assumptions perpetuated by the tourist industry, I examine the relationship between the people who inhabit O’ahu and the landscape that binds them all together. These photographs offer an investigation of the archipelago’s unique identity and geography.
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