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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.”

Suyeon Yun February 20, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Korea.
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From the series “Incomplete Journey” Seoul, Korea 2005

Suyeon Yun (b.1972, South Korea) earned her MFA in photography at Yale University (2008), BFA in photography from Art Institute of Boston (2003).  She recently won several awards including the Daum Prize 2008 from the Geonhi Art Foundation, the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship  from Yale University, and  the Tierney Fellowship from Tierney Family Art Foundation. Since 2003 her work has been about themes related to refugees and the U.S. military. She is currently based in the Middle East and United States for her third war series.

About the Photograph:

“North Koreans have been crossing the border into China in search of refuge since the height of their famine in the 1990s. Seeking resettlement, the majority of North Koreans transit through a host of other countries before finally settling in South Korea, as a final destination of hardship journey for years. Incomplete Journey was made over three years and focuses on North Koreans living in South Korea. The photographer employed North Korean refugees as interviewers, location scouts and directors of photography. Together, they worked to locate the Korean War and its living social context, nearly 55 years since the war had been stopped and forgotten.”