gugwa 구과 九果
In the heart of our name lies the essence of the Nine Fruits — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Inspired by these virtues from Galatians 5:22–23, 'gugwa' (derived from the Korean 구과, 九果) symbolizes a harmony of diverse concepts and values. Dedicated to intertwining these elements with our passion for people, art, culture, and events, we create an enriching tapestry of experiences.
Crafting Memories - Beyond Photography
At gugwa, we do more than capture images; we create spaces where memories are made and shared. Our studios in Glenview and Chicago offer a canvas for life's significant moments, from wedding vows in intimate settings to the joyful spontaneity of family portraits, all captured with a distinctive flair. These sessions are set against a backdrop of stylish, conceptual designs, complete with an array of props to make each photo uniquely yours. Beyond the lens, gugwa serves as a gathering place for the community, hosting private events, workshops, and celebrations that bring people together. Our boutique in Glenview extends this ethos, showcasing a meticulously selected range of items, from exquisite jewelry to quality kitchenware and more, each piece chosen for its beauty and craftsmanship, reflecting a broad spectrum of cultures and inspirations.
About Soohyun Kim
Soohyun Kim, originally from South Korea, made his move to Chicago in 2012 and quickly established himself as a distinguished artist, earning accolades from prestigious institutions like the MOMA and Philadelphia Art Museum. His art, focusing on Social Landscape and portraits, offers a deep dive into the environments and socio-political narratives of both Seoul and Chicago, showcasing a keen engagement with contemporary photography.
The year 2022 marked a pivotal expansion with the establishment of gugwa in Glenview, a venture supported by the talents of renowned artist Sung Jang and graphic designer Taek Kim. Sung Jang’s involvement in branding, along with his artistic installations and handcrafted furniture, combined with Taek Kim’s unique graphic designs, have been vital in forging spaces that exemplify the elegance and sophistication of Korean artistry. This collaboration has not only enriched the visual and experiential aspects of Soohyun’s ventures but also solidified gugwa as a cultural and artistic hallmark, reflecting the collective creativity and vision of its founders.
gugwa transcends the traditional concept of a photography studio, offering an immersive artistic experience deeply rooted in Korean culture, aesthetics, and artistry. We are a celebration of creative expression, where each photograph is a testament to exceptional craftsmanship and artistic vision.