Boyoung Chang works on contemporary Korean photography. She is particularly interested in analyzing how the history of Korean photography intertwines with the nation’s dynamic modern and contemporary history. Her teaching and research interests include several topics in global photography and contemporary Asian art, such issues as the aftermath of the World War II, the impact of the Cold War, globalization, and cultural identity.
Chang earned her doctorate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her dissertation, “Reconstructing the Nation: Contemporary Korean Photography since the 1990s,” focused on how Korean art photography developed in parallel with the transformation of South Korea since the late 1980s. Principal among the topics discussed are Korean photography in the mid-20th century that emerged in the context of post-Japanese colonialism, the national division in the aftermath of World War II, the country’s recovery and development after the Korean War, military dictatorship and the Cold War, and the reestablishment of photography as a prominent medium since the 1990s, concurrent with fundamental national changes such as democratization and globalization.
Chang published articles such as "Poseuteu Teurauma: Hanguk Dongsidae Sajinui Nuneuro Jaeguseongdoen Jeongchisa [Post Trauma: How Contemporary Korean Photography Reconstructs Political History] in Kiwodeuro Ingneun Hangungmisul [Reading Contemporary Korean Art by Keywords] (2019, Sahoe Pyeongnon Academy) and “Post-Trauma: How contemporary Korean photography reconstructs political history,” in the June 2016 issue of the Reviews on the Art History.