Parkgeonhi Foundation is a non-profit art foundation established in 2001 to pay tribute to the late Park Geonhi for his passion for culture and art.
Park, a photography major, received attention as a promising artist and co-founded Daum Communications Corporation in 1995, where he attempted to drive the growth and globalization of Korean culture and art through various culture-related businesses such as opening a virtual gallery for the first time in Korea and broadcasting live the first Gwangju Biennale. Parkgeonhi Foundation conducts the following businesses: the Daum Prize, to support the creation of photographers; the Virtual Gallery, to build a digital archive for Korean photography; the Mirae Award, to support university students to become next-generation artists; the Daum Junior Photo Festival, to provide teenagers interested in photography with art experience education; talent sharing through photography. Park died of heart attack at the age of 29, but his passion, challenges and creativity have lasted through Parkgeonhi Foundation’s cultural businesses.
2016 Launching of 2016 Photo class
2015 Daum Junior Photography Festival is renamed Daum Junior Photo Festival.
2012 Daum Junior Photographers Festival is renamed Daum Junior Photography Festival.
2011 Closing of Alternative Space Geonhi (total of 38 exhibitions organized)
2010 “Canon Scholarship for Talent Discovered by Park Geonhi Foundation” is renamed “Mirae Award – Open Hope for All College Students Dreaming of Photography.”
2009 Launching of the Virtual Gallery, with a DB of Korean photographers and their works
2007 Beginning of joint sponsorship for the program “Canon Scholarship for Talent Discovered by Parkgeonhi Foundation”
2007 Initiation of the Daum Junior Photographers Festival
2005 Exhibition and publication of Park Geonhi’s posthumous works, marking the 10th anniversary of his death
2005 Opening of Alternative Space Geonhi
2004 End of support program for photography and culture events (total of 7 events supported)
2003 Initiation of support program for photography and culture events
2002 Launching of the Daum Prize
2001 Foundation designated as official recipient of public donations
2001 Establishment of the Parkgeonhi Foundation
2000 Inauguration of Chairman of the Board Koo Bohnchang
2000 Agreement by survivors and contributors (Lee Jaewoong, Lee Taekkyoung) to establish a cultural foundation