Torso Series: Incredible Photos Of The Human Body Stretched Out Like Canvas

In Torso Series, June Yong Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University in Glenside, shows the human torso flat and spread. The human being’s largest organ is presented as a hide, marked by life and shorn of race, age and a face.

 

16_TorsoSeries_1000

 

The skin we see is worn by models Lee hires via Craigslist.

Yong is no Manhunter. His subjects remain alive and intact. A DSLR snaps away as Lee moves around the person. Then more technology is employed – Photoshop renders the flesh flat, removes skin color and highlights the flaws. As he says, “I believe who [my models] are is already written on their skin.”

 

15_TorsoSeries_1000

 

Lee’s work is shaped by his upbringing in South Korea monoculture. He says:

“When you look at a person. you look at the shape of the person, but also the surface of their skin — their skin color, what’s written on their skin, [and] those things carry their identities in interesting ways… When I was in Korea everyone around me was Korean, and their ethnicity or race wasn’t important at all. But then, when I came over here, I realized I was Asian for the first time, which was kind of strange, but that became part of my identity.”

 

14_TorsoSeries_1000 13_TorsoSeries_1000

12_TorsoSeries_1000 11_TorsoSeries_1000
10_TorsoSeries_1000 09_TorsoSeries_1000
Torso series 07_TorsoSeries_1000 06_TorsoSeries_1000 05_TorsoSeries_1000 04_TorsoSeries_1000 03_TorsoSeries_1000 02_TorsoSeries_1000 01_TorsoSeries_1000

17_TorsoSeries_1000

Would you like to support Flashbak?

Please consider making a donation to our site. We don't want to rely on ads to bring you the best of visual culture. You can also support us by signing up to our Mailing List. And you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For great art and culture delivered to your door, visit our shop.