Photography

Jongno, Seoul, Monday 16 May 2016, 9am A visit to the National Folk Museum The good thing about having a local companion sense-check your travel plans is that they can point out weaknesses that only a local is likely to know about. So when Chris saw that I was planning a day trip from Seoul […]

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Exhibition visit: Noh Suntag at 43 Inverness Street and Fitzrovia Gallery

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2016
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In his written introduction to the two parallel exhibitions at 43 Inverness Street and the Fitzrovia Gallery, Noh Suntag says “I am exploring how the Korean War lives and breathes in contemporary Korean society. I glare at the space where divided powers manipulate the war and division at will, treating them as a chapter of […]

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Bedrooms of the Remembered

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2015
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Photographer Kim Hong-Ji has put together a moving portfolio of pictures in memory of the Sewol victims. He has been in touch with relatives of some of the students, visiting their homes and taking pictures of the bedrooms of those who died in the disaster. Available on the BBC and Reuters websites.

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Is it Really Korea? a photographic exhibition at Connect

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2015
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Andy McKillop, a person with aphasia, took photographs of his trip to South Korea to make a fascinating exhibition. The exhibition opens at Connect, St Alphege, King’s Bench Street, London SE1 0QZ (020 7367 0845) on Friday 27 March 2015 at 4.00pm till 8.00pm. Drinks and snacks provided. The exhibition continues in April: Wednesday 1 […]

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“Icons of Rhetoric – Reading North Korea through its Images” returns for a second exhibition

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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After a brief exhibition in Dalston last November, Icons of Rhetoric returns to a more central location for a two-week show at the Guardian offices behind Kings Cross: @The Guardian (News and Media Gallery), Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU. Exhibition opens 10am – 6pm every day from Monday March 23rd – Saturday 4th […]

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Icons of Rhetoric – a different approach to documenting North Korea, at Doomed Gallery

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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This month starts with an exhibition of oil paintings by established DPRK artists, to be held in the DPRK Embassy. With serendipitous timing, another exhibition offering a very different perspective, in Dalston, 20-23 November: Icons of Rhetoric Chris Barrett, photographer, and Gianluca Spezza, researcher/writer 20 – 23 November 2014 Doomed Gallery | 65-67 Ridley Road […]

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Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2014
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News of HADA Contemporary’s first show of the Autumn: Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits 2 October – 30 November 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm Embracing the contemporary resistance against the traditional notion of photography – […]

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Jaeho Park: Obsession, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 29 July 2014
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New’s of the latest exhibition at Mokspace: Jaeho Park: Obsession 29th July – 9th August 2014 Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | London | WC1A 1LH | www.mokspace.com Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday by appointment. MOKSPACE warmly invites you to indulge in ‘Obsession,’ an exposition by Korean artist and photographer Jaeho Park. […]

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Hyunjoo Son: The Island is a Buoy, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2014
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News of the upcoming Mokspace exhibition. Strange to have an opening viewing on a Wednesday, when it’s head-to-head with the opening of the KCC’s new exhibition. But catch it while you can: it’s only on for less than two weeks. Hyunjoo Son: The Island is a Buoy Private View: Wednesday 25th June 6.00 – 8.00 […]

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Exhibition visit: Above the line — photographs from the DPRK at the British Council

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2014
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There must have been a time when photographs of the DPRK were a rarity. But it’s now a regular occurrence for a newspaper to run a series of photographs from North Korea, normally proclaiming that these are unique, never-before seen images from “the world’s most secretive state”. It is perhaps natural for photographers to seek […]

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Ahn Jinkyun: Three Faces, Two Places, One Device, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2014
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Details of HADA’s exhibition for June and July: Ahn Jinkyun: Three Faces, Two Places, One Device 5 June – 31 July 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm HADA Contemporary is delighted to present a […]

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Nick Danziger: “Above the Line” at the British Council

by Philip Gowman 11 May 2014
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An exhibition of work by photojournalist Nick Danziger opens on 14 May at the British Council head office, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN, lasting until 25 July. Entitled “Above the Line”, it promises to be “a fascinating glimpse into daily life in DPRK” – though I suspect the striking photograph which is the main […]

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Exhibition visit: Tak Ki-hyoung — Loyalty, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2014
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Tak Ki-hyoung is Senior Director of Photography at the Hankyoreh newspaper. He lives in Northeast Seoul near Mount Cho An (초안산), where there is the site of graves of Joseon dynasty court officials. The site is now overgrown, and nestling amidst the woodland are solitary statues which acted as sentinels for the tombs. Tak is […]

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Ki Hyoung Tak: Loyalty, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2014
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Notice of the next exhibition at Mokspace, from 27 March, featuring the Senior Director of Photography at the Hankyoreh newspaper. The excellent ceramics exhibition by Sun Ae Kim finishes this Saturday, 22 March. Ki Hyoung Tak: Loyalty 27th March – 12th April 2014 Opening night: Wednesday 26th March 6.00 – 8.00 pm Mokspace | 33 […]

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Jungho Oak’s extreme yoga and Sun Salutations

by Philip Gowman 30 December 2013
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One of LKL’s favourite exhibitions of 2013 was Oak Jungho’s solo show at 43 Inverness Street. And that wasn’t just because at the opening viewing, if you sneaked into the kitchen and asked nicely, you were given a glass of single malt instead of the more usual wine or beer. Whisky, at a private view? […]

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Exhibition visit: Night Break, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 2 December 2013
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Night Break, the current show at Mokspace, compares two Korean photographers who work at night. One of Kim Shin-wook’s ghostly tree pictures, in which the tree is picked out in foreground brightness against a dark background, won him an award at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At Mokspace we are able to see a […]

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Obsession: Jaeho Park solo show at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2013
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Notice of the next exhibition at Mokspace: Obsession Jaeho Park Solo Exhibition Private View: 6.00 – 8.30pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 Exhibition: 18th Sep – 5th Oct 2013 33 Museum Street | London WC1A 1LH | T: +44 (0) 20 7637 8880 | W: www.mokspace.com Mokspace warmly invites you to indulge in Obsession, an exposition […]

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