A Photographer’s Images of a Changing Seoul
After the Korean War
An exhibition at ICP at Mana showcases the pictures made by Han Youngsoo upon returning from the front line.
"History always plays an important role in photography, often giving images greater significance as the decades roll by. As Susan Sontag wrote in On Photography: “To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Many of the great photographers of the past have been defined by their ability to capture a changing world: Eugene Atget documenting the last vestiges of a preindustrial Paris, August Sander capturing the faces of everyday Germans between the World Wars, Walker Evans illustrating the struggle of rural families during the Great Depression. This critical role is strongly at play in the life and work of Han Youngsoo."
April 27, 2017
Installation view, Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956–63, at ICP at Mana (photo by John Halpern, © International Center of Photography, 2017