Johsel Namkung

(American, born 1919, died 2013)

Late artist Johsel Namkung was a fine-art photographer who captured intricate patterns and textures in nature. Born in Korea, he moved to Japan at age 17 to study at the Tokyo Conservatory of Music. He taught music in Shanghai and managed the Seoul Symphony Orchestra before moving to Seattle in 1947. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington, where he also taught Japanese. He worked for Northwest Orient Airlines between 1952-1956, where his interest in photography began. He later became a Scientific Photographer for the University of Washington medical school from 1961-1981.