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Shooting for Change: Korean Photography after the War

In Shooting for Change, Jung Joon Lee examines postwar Korean photography across multiple genres and practices, including vernacular, art, documentary, and archival photography. Tracing the history of Korean photography while considering what is disguised or lost by framing the history of photography through nationhood, Lee considers the role of photography in shaping memory of historical events, representing the ideal national family, and motivating social movements. Further, through an investigation of what it means to practice photography under the normalized conditions of militarism, Lee treats the transnational militarism of Korea as a lens through which to probe the officially and culturally sanctioned readings of images when returning to them at different times. Among other themes, Lee draws on photography of militarized sex work, political protest in the military era, war orphans, and mass protests. Ultimately, Lee treats the formative periods in nation building and transnational militarization as both backdrops and cultivators for photographic works.

Jung Joon Lee is Associate Professor of Theory and History of Art and Design at Rhode Island School of Design.

Source: publisher’s website


Introduction. The Time of Korean Photography: Notes on National Photography and Temporality

Part I. Family Catachrony

1. War and the Image of an Orphan Nation
2. The Place of Women in Family Photography

Part II. Performing Multitemporality

3. Shooting Social Movements
4. The Photo Public in the Kwangjang

Part III. Sensing Borderlands

5. The DMZ, Camptowns, and the Theatre of Repetition
6. Listening to Camptown Photographs

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