Josh Cho

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Josh Cho ( is an artist, commercial photographer, and educator. Cho’s practice investigates the medium of photography as it relates to issues of site, consent, and economic exchange. Operating in a practice that avoids any signature model of what photographs should look like; each project contains its own strategy and application that becomes specific to the work. His work has been shown at UCLA, UCI, CSULB, Ann 330 Gallery, La Cienegas Projects, Santa Monica Museum of Art, San Diego Art Institute, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. He received his B.F.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He has previously taught at UCLA Extension and FIDM. He now serves as adjunct faculty at New York Film Academy and the Art Institute of California, Hollywood.

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Julia Dean Interviews Josh Cho

LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Josh Cho ten questions about his background, career in and beliefs about photography …

Julia Dean:  What kind of photographer are you?

Josh Cho:  I honestly am not sure how to answer this question. I can say that I produce my own personal art projects using photography, but it doesn’t prescribe in depicting any specific subject. Projects that I made have included portraits, landscapes, architecture, photograms, etc…

JD:  How long have you been shooting?

JC:  15 years.

JD:  Where did you get your training?

JC:  I learned photography at my high school where they had a darkroom. My training continued at a community college in Santa Monica where I studied photography as a commercial medium. This led me into the field of commercial photography as an assistant as well as an architectural photographer. After a few years doing commercial work, I went to California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo to receive my BFA and then the University of California, Irvine to receive my MFA.

JD:  When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?

JC:  I was interested in pursuing photography as a profession my first year in community college. However, the trajectory of my interest in commercial photography to the fine arts was unforeseen and had only surfaced after taking art classes outside the photography department at my university during my undergraduate studies.

JD:  Did you ever come close to giving up?

JC:  There have been times that I do think about quitting, but that thought goes away once I have another project that I want to develop.

JD:  Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?

JC:  Being an artist is a sacrifice.

JD:  What have you gained by being a photographer?

JC:  It has allowed me to express a lot of the things that I think about that might not otherwise be possible.

JD:  What classes do you teach at LACP?

JC:  I have taught Illustrator and Photoshop in the past, but I would love the opportunity to work with students individually on creating their own personal projects.

JD:  What do you love most about teaching?

JC:  Seeing students and myself grow from the exchanging of ideas.

JD:  What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?

JC:  1. Create a network of people you admire.
2. Don’t burn your bridges.
3. Learn to love again.