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Björn Steinz May 4, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Korera.
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Election Campaign, Gwangyang, South Korea 2010

Björn Steinz (b. 1970, Germany) began his photographic career at the age of 15 for the local newspaper in his village close to Frankfurt. After working as a volunteer in refugee camps during the war in former Yugoslavia and traveling for several months in Latin America he decided to study photography in Prague where he finished his MA at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. His work has appeared in: Du, The Financial Times, The Independent, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, among others etc. Björn is represented by Panos Pictures. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Keimyung University in Daegu in South Korea and working on a book about his host country.

About the Photograph:

“This image is part of a book project about South Korea. That day we reached the city entrance at Gwangyang located in the Jellonam-Do province in the southern part of the country there were local elections taking place. This group of young people in the middle of the main road, dressed with a blue shirts and the party logo “one” bowed in front of every car that passed to show their respect. After talking with them I found out they were students earning a little spare money from campaigning. I have received so much kindness and hospitality from the Koreans. The society is very different in terms of social structures, ways of thinking and behavior from the west.”

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