black and white photography of human bodies on a dark background by Korean Photographer Dongwook Lee

Wozu: Inner Struggle A photography project by Dongwook Lee

Humans struggle through life, sometimes turning the daily grind into hell. In short, we live by floating through a world of chaos.

As seen in Plato’s allegory of the cave, all of us are constantly caught between fictions and realities, battling on the thin line between pleasure and pain.

“Wozu” is a series that shows the state of inner collisions among scared egos—individuals that want to look away from the truth and who, despite the clamour of voices around them, remain largely silent. “Wozu” is a German word that means “what for.”

Dongwook Lee (a.k.a Claus Lucas) is a Korean Photographer based in Seoul, South Korea,

– Discover more of Dongwook Lee’s work here

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
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2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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