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Namhee Lee and Christopher Phillips in conversation: Han Youngsoo: Photogra...

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This event is free; $10 suggested donation to GYOPO

GYOPO presents contemporary Korean historian Namhee Lee and independent curator Christopher Phillips in conversation about acclaimed South Korean photographer Han Youngsoo, his extraordinary photographs, and the period of turmoil and urban transformation following the Korean War. This special program will take place at Baik Art Gallery coinciding with Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Korea, 1956-1963, the first exhibition to showcase Han’s vintage prints, which have never before traveled outside of Korea.



Han Youngsoo
(1933-1999) began his work in photography after he returned to Seoul from the frontlines of the Korean War (1950-1953). Han captured the city and its surroundings with a keen eye for form and narrative detail, in intimate scenes as well as panoramic vistas, documenting both its ancient ways of life and its dramatic transformation from war-torn metropolis to a prosperous modern society.


Namhee Lee
is associate professor of modern Korean history and the director of the Center for Korean Studies at UCLA. Her publications include The Making of Minjung: Democracy and the Politics of Representation in South Korea (Cornell University Press, 2007) and The South Korean Democratization Movement: A Sourcebook (co-edited with Kim Won, Academy of Korean Studies, 2016), as well as the collaborative, web-based oral history project "Legacies of the Korean War,” http://legaciesofthekoreanwar.org/. She is currently working on a book about social memory of the 1980s in the context of the persistence of the cold war in Korea and global neoliberalism.


Christopher Phillips is an independent curator and critic. From 2000 to 2016 he worked as a curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He has organized many exhibitions that explore modernist photography of the early 20th century as well as contemporary Asian photography and media art. His books include The New Vision: Photographs from the Ford Motor Company Collection (with Maria Morris Hambourg, 1989), Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940 (1989), Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (with Wu Hung, 2004), and Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art (with Wu Hung, 2018). He teaches in the Photography and Imaging Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.



Image captions:
Han Youngsoo, Han River, Seoul, Korea 1956-1958. Medium: Toned gelatin silver print. Paper size: 16 x 20 in. Image size: 12 x 18 in. Courtesy of Han Youngsoo Foundation.

Han Youngsoo, 1958, Han river, photographer unknown.

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