Photography and chance
And even fewer people know that most of the photos were taken in pairs for stereoscopic viewing. But now visitors to the KF Gallery in central Seoul can see the images and learn what stereoscopy is by trying out a binoculars-like stereoscope that Rose left behind and a pile of cards, each of which bears two photographs that Rose took.
The two photos look almost identical but were actually taken about 7 centimeters (3 inches) apart, roughly corresponding to the space between one’s eyes. When looked at through the stereoscope, the pair of pictures appear as a single photo with the illusion of depth.
“In homage to Rose, I took a series of landscapes in Clunes, the Australian photographer’s hometown, in the style of stereoscopic images,” Koo said. “Some of them are real stereoscopic pairs of images, taken 7 centimeters apart, but some others are originally one image and divided into two in the style of stereoscopic images.”
Koo’s photos have the calm and meditative quality that is his signature style.
The show features Rose’s works, Koo’s photos of street scenes and people in Clunes - a small town in Victoria, southeastern Australia - and photos of landscapes and people in Korea by contemporary Australian photographer William Yang.
According to Catherine Croll, the founding director of Cultural Partnerships Australia and curator of the show, the exhibition started from an interesting coincidence.
“Then, I searched for a Korean photographer who would take pictures of Clunes - someone interested in people ... someone who can capture the spirit of the place,” she said. “I finally found Koo.”
In another coincidence, Koo supervised the editing of a book of Rose’s Korea photos in 2004.
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The exhibition runs through Tuesday. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Mirae Asset Center1 Building. Go to Euljiro 1-ga Station, exit No. 3. For more information, visit www.kf.or.kr or call (02) 2151-6520.