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KOREA

Novel exposures

KOO BOHN-CHANG, In the Beginning, 1995-96, gelatin silver print and cotton thread, 175 x 490 cm.


Records of the earliest presence of photography in Korea date from 1871. That year a US Navy vessel landed on Kanghwa Island to request official relations with the kingdom. The encounter resulted in a skirmish that killed 350 Korean civilians who had resisted the infiltration of foreign forces onto their shores. The naval force was far superior in arms and carried a device that the Koreans had not seen before - a camera. The Korean…

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