Photography and Korea (Hardcover)

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Photography and Korea (Hardcover)

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The first history of Korean photography in English.
 
Photography and Korea is the first history of Korean photography for a Western readership. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, when Korean travelers brought photographic technology home from China, Photography and Korea presents multiple visions of the country, Korean diasporas, important Korean artists, and local photographers. The book also addresses studio and institutional practices during the Japanese colonial period, how photography connects with Korean political and cultural history, and the divergence of practices after the division of Korea. Featuring numerous striking images, this book is essential reading for all interested in the history of Korean photography.
 
Jeehey Kim is assistant professor of art history at the University of Arizona.
 
Product Details ISBN: 9781789147100
ISBN-10: 1789147107
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: August 25th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
"A pioneering study and key resource for scholars of photography history, visual culture, Korean studies, and East Asian studies. Photography and Korea’s broad scope, including vernacular photography and printed materials, allows us to visualize the dispersed stories of Korean photography and anchors them in photographic discourse. Not only does this book provide a framework for photo historians focusing on the region but it also contributes to the decolonization and diversification and of the history of photography."
— Boyoung Chang, Vanderbilt University

"Kim draws on a selection of striking images to bring alive Korean politics, foreign relations, and norms, making this both a comprehensive history of Korean photography and a worthy examination of Korean identity. Photography enthusiasts should take a look."
— Publishers Weekly