Photo show has poetry in black and white
These photos, taken by Joo Myung-duck from the 1960s to the present, document the gradual disappearance of these old-fashioned residences yet also stand alone as poetic works of art.
They also show that the work of the 71-year-old veteran, who started out as a photo journalist, cannot be easily categorized.
The photographer’s ongoing solo show at Daelim, on the new art street west of Gyeongbok Palace, is entitled “My Motherland.”
Since then, Joo has depicted various aspects of Korean life though calm and meditative black-and-white photos.
Joo’s current exhibition is the last in a three-part series of solo exhibitions at Daelim. The first in the series, “Cityscape,” in 2008, showcased his photos of city life and the 2009 “Landscape” show focused on nature.
*Joo Myung-duck’s solo exhibition “My Motherland” runs through Sept. 25. Admission is 5,000 won for adults. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for five minutes. For more information, call (02) 720-0667 or visit www.daelimmuseum.org.
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]