Sunday, April 29, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Turning Back The Clock

I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea but there are some pretty amazing filter programmes on the market now that allow you to match any film from the last 100 years or so. Below is an example of a wet plate filter applied to a normal b/w photograph of guards outside Deoksugung.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Namsan Walk

Book Inspired by Movie Inspired by Murders

The 2nd edition of Christian Patterson's "Redheaded Peckerwood" published by MACK is available now. The inspiration for this photobook came after Patterson saw the 1973 movie 'Badlands". The movie idea came from the true story of a young couple who went on a murder spree in 1957/8 in Nebraska. Patterson's "Redheaded Peckerwood" looks at the Nebraska murders in what Luc Sante has described as "a kind of subjective documentary photography of the historical past." Highly recommended.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring Landscapes

Some photos from recent walks:

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Inspired by the film "Stalker".

Do Ho Suh Exhibition Home Within Home at Leeum

The following is from the Leeum website:
Since earning his Master of Fine Art degree from Yale University in 1997 and participating in the important group exhibition “Greater New York” at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 2000, Do-Ho Suh has had an extraordinarily active and continuously evolving career for over a decade. In 2001 he was one of two artists representing Korea at the Venice Biennale, and since then, he has shown his work at prominent venues around the world such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Serpentine Gallery, and the Mori Art Museum. He was also invited to the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. The present exhibition at Leeum, which marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Korea in almost a decade, presents an excellent opportunity for examining “home,” the representative subject in Suh’s oeuvre.

An important characteristic of Suh’s “homes” can be found in the fact that they respond to the spaces in which they are exhibited and by doing so, bring about new interpretations to them. His artistic attempts in the unique Rem Koolhaas-designed architectural space at Leeum are especially remarkable in that light. Suh installed Reflection near the sloping passageway that leads to the exhibition galleries so that the work can serve as an introduction to the exhibition. In the Ground Gallery, he also built a home out of a soft, light, and translucent fabric that stands in a stark contrast with the almost overwhelming space made out of concrete. Suh first received wide attention from the international art world with a work in which he recreated, using thin jade-toned Chinese silk, the traditional-style house (hanok) in the Seongbuk-dong neighborhood of Seoul where he spent his childhood and adolescence. In addition to this work, titled Seoul Home/Seoul Home, he also presents in this exhibition other homes he has had in New York and Berlin. Through their placement in a museum, these private spaces become spaces for others that are open to interpretation through viewers’ experiences.

The Black Box, an especially distinct feature of the Koolhaas building, is like a “home within home” that floats inside the enormous space of the architecture. By placing two works, Fallen Star-1/5 and Home within Home-1/11, together in this space, Suh draws out an interesting conversation. Specifically, Fallen Star-1/5 expresses the emotions the artist experienced while living as a foreign student in the United States through the form of a hanok that fell and crashed into an American apartment building. On the other hand, Home within Home-1/11, taking the form of a hanok lodged inside an American house, represents the state of becoming gradually familiar with a new culture. While works like these grow out of the artist’s private experiences of cultural collision, they also symbolize more broadly the experience of the contemporary being, who constantly experiences clashes arising from individual, cultural, and regional “differences” and struggles to adapt to them. In A Perfect Home: The Bridge Project (Leeum Version) and Gate (Leeum Version), also installed inside the Black Box, Suh tries to give new meanings to “home as both boundary and passage.”

Suh’s Karma and Staircase are on display in the public space of the museum lobby, outside the special exhibition gallery, in order to further enrich the content of the exhibition. In addition, a newly produced documentary is screened in the Workshop Room to enhance viewers’ understanding of the artist’s work from various perspectives. Self and other, past and present, imagination and reality, individual and group, moment and eternity; Suh traverses the boundaries between these binaries through the homes he makes. His work originates from a consistent interest in space, but his unbridled ideas and expressions leave his art open to diverse potentials of interpretation. For this reason, his homes are always new.

Do Ho Suh's exhibition is on until June.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A book that led to a film that led to another book

Reading Geoff Dyer's collection of essays in "Working the Room" put me on to the Russian film "Stalker". This in turn made me buy Dyer's new book "Zona" which is his take on the film.

All are very interesting.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

MACK Books
I highly recommend this site and its books for all those interested in the latest developments in photography. Here's the publishers personal statement "MACK is an independent publishing house focusing on working with artists, writers and curators to realise intellectually challenging projects in book form."
I myself am looking forward to the release of Paul Graham's new book "The Present".

Monday, April 2, 2012

Build Your Own Website

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I recently made my website through them. Check it out here at

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Christchurch Diary

Back in Seoul now but I did manage to pop down to Christchurch for 3 days to see how they are doing one year after the big earthquake there. The photos below may appear to show a pretty normal city but on closer inspection you can see some of the damage the quake has caused.

Christchurch (especially the city centre) has a great deal of work to do before it's back on its feet but it's getting there. However it continues to have earthquakes. Even while I was visiting there was one that shook the entire city.