Rala Choi is a South Korean photographer based in Seoul. Choi favours analog film photography in lieu of digital, which he finds can be distracting by virtue of its immediacy. Without the ability to preview one’s images, there is no temptation to alter them, lending a purity to the final result. Choi’s abstract portraits capture simple compositions with a combination of vivid and faded colours, so that his photographs resemble beautiful paintings.


How did you begin doing photography?

I started taking pictures when I was in the military.

What inspires you the most in life and in your work?

My relationships with others.

How would you describe your photography style?

Rala Choi. It’s an accumulation of me.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I would say, “Sitting Woman, Turned Back”. By the way, this is the first time that I’ve been asked about my work, not just about me.

Do you think the internet is the best or worst thing about modern life?

I tend to use the word “relative” to describe it because it’s ultimately a matter of choice. There is no best or worst. But I think it has definitely had a profound effect on modern life

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been working on a musician’s album cover but, right now, I’m concentrating on my interview with you.

What is your favourite quote?

You reap what you sow.


What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Someone once sent me a letter saying, “I haven’t seen or heard from you, but I hope you’re continuously moving forward.”

What is the best advice you can give someone else?

Move forward in life.

Who would you love to work with in the future?

Beth Gibbons, from Portishead.

How does living in Seoul impact your photography?

In every way. It provides the background to what I see, hear, and feel in my life.

Which city do you see yourself living in 10 years time?

I hope it will be Berlin!

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