“Jehsong Baak has produced a wonderful series of images that have the capacity to leave a permanent imprint on one’s mind. Not only has he been able to create photographs with the power to transform consciousness, but the images have the capacity to take the viewer back to another time when black and white film dominated the media. One Last Goodbye is a book that has the capacity to be timeless...” — Roger Ballen
One Last Goodbye is a stark and intimate photographic chronicle, a journey back in time to the photographer’s early days in New York, unfolding an intense and raw photographic story about relationships – to others, to survival, to photography, and to self. Pictures introduce the viewer to friends, lovers, family, and neighbors at a single-room-occupancy hotel of that time. Interspersed with the early pictures are images from 2002 and 2013, return visits to the city, with haunting portraits of Baak’s father and contemplative, melancholic views of the backdrop of the city itself. A journey that is a meditation on time which invites the reader to be an eyewitness to the universal desire we all have to the laying to rest of the past.
Jehsong Baak was born in South Korea in 1967, immigrated to the U.S. at age nine, and is based in Paris since 1998. His first monograph, Là ou Ailleurs, was published in 2006 by Robert Delpire in Paris, followed by his second, Photographs, in 2008, by HUP Gallery in Amsterdam. Baak’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman Museum, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Wilson Center of Photography in London, Musée Maillol in Paris. In 2011, Baak was the guest of honor of Paris Photo by JPMorgan Chase. He is represented in Europe by Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich.