Thursday, December 8, 2011
HEESUN PARK REVIEWS Joo Myung-Duck
“My Motherland”: Veteran photographer Joo Myung-duck is showcasing around 130 serene black-and-white photos of Korea’s traditional houses, relics and landscapes taken in different provinces of South Korea from the 1960s to the present. It is the third and final exhibition of the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum’s four-year project to shed light on the photographer.
Joo is one of Korea’s first documentary photographers to focus on critical social issues, landscapes and disappearing cultural heritages. He introduced a new genre, “Korean Realism” through his first solo show “Mr. Holt’s Orphanage” in 1966, which displayed photos of war orphans. The first documentary photos created a great sensation as most photos taken at the time were elegant indoor shots. ( from WALKHILL September 2011)