Apprentice

Miru Kim's Fearless and Confident Photography

By: Andres Colmenares - Published: Mar 1, 2009 • References: mirukim and ted
Miru Kim is known as the naked urban exploring photographer, a fearless artist who walks naked in abandoned spots in cities like New York, Paris and Berlin.

She has photographed various urban settings such as abandoned subway stations, tunnels, aqueducts, catacombs, factories, hospitals, and shipyards. Her series “Naked City Spleen” is a dissection which delivers sharp, powerful images of places built and forgotten by men and somehow exposed by the naked body of the artist.

Kim was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts in 1981 but was raised in Seoul, Korea. In 2006, she received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her impressive work has been featured in Esquire, the New York Times and the Financial Times.

She also founded Naked City Arts, a not-for-profit art concern in downtown Manhattan helping young artists to establish themselves.