From 1978 to 1981, Chung served in the Korean military, a mandatory requirement for all citizens in South Korea. He studied photography for three years at Chung-ang University after being discharged. During this time, he did some voluntary work in an asylum near the university and took photos of the patients. He had his first individual exhibition at the Seoul Publishers Cultural Center in 1984, followed by the publishing of his first book. He then went to Germany and majored in photography while taking photos of alienated elders and started teaching photography in the Kölnhochschule. Chung returned to Korea in 1992 and reflected interest in the most important elements of ‘being’ such as earth, water, fire, and wind. He was exhibited eleven times in Germany and Korea or the U.S., France, Japan, Germany, Korea, etc. His work is collected in the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Artsonje Center, and many other galleries and museum in Korea. Chung had received the Kodak European Photographic Award in 1987.