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[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2018/01/14 | 139 views | Permalink

A local blind balloon artist has his first U.S. Exhibition in Baltimore, get a look at life along the DMZ with these eerie images, photographer Ken Lee captures steamy dumpling vendors in the act, and enjoy over 50 fantastic images of Gyeongju.

"Blind South Korean Artist Opens First US Exhibit in Baltimore"

Thanks to a grant from the South Korean government, blind balloon artist Goh Hong-Seok was able to have his first U.S. exhibit in Baltimore last year. One of Goh's pieces included an installation piece inspired by the cosmos, with "a massive elephant depicting space and a plodding turtle for time". Commenting on Goh's work, Rebecca Hoffberger, the founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum where Goh's work was displayed, said that "the transience of the sculpture is part of its beauty, reminding us that life's joys are of the moment".


"Panmunjom: The eerie village where North and South Korean soldiers stare at each other all day"

If you have seen Park Chan-wook's film "JSA - Joint Security Area" (2000), you will have a clear picture of what duty can be like for the military personnel who man the infamous DMZ. "Unlike most places at high risk to be the epicenter of a ruinous war, however, the Joint Security Area is a wildly popular tourist attraction", writes Tristin Hopper for the National Post. Here you find nine photographs (along with a link to the trailer for "JSA") from the DMZ, as well as some insight into the complex political importance of the zone. "Wave, point, make hand signals, the lot. Laugh, even. Anything goes as long as you don't cross that damn line".


"Letting off steam: South Korea's street food vendors – in pictures"

Photography Ken Lee has snapped some steamy shots of dumpling sellers in Seoul and Busan. Such scenes are common wherever street food vendors are found, and Ken has captured three of these misty moments in this short photo series on The Guardian. "Street food in South Korea is cheap, fast and delicious, and available around the clock: everything from spicy rice cakes to savoury pancakes".



Simon is a European traveller/photographer who recently posted some stunning images from his adventures in Gyeongju. There are over 50 top notch shots of this amazing part of the country, including photographs of parks, gardens, temples, foods, traditional art, objects and, of course, the incredible surrounding scenery. Enjoy!


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