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The Korean Photobook: PhotoIreland exhibition of South Korean Photobooks

29th Sep 2015

From the 9th of October, PhotoIreland presents at the Burren College of Art a very unique exhibition of 35 photobooks from South Korea. Representing a great sample of the prolific contemporary photographic practices in the region, the list includes names like Heinkuhn Oh, Heeseung Chung, Won Seoung Won, and Yoo Young Jin. Many of these books were kindly donated to the collection by Korean Artist and Professor Kyungwoo Chun, after they were presented at Photobook Week Aarhus 2014, and were brought to Ireland with the support of Beate Cegielska, Director of Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark. 

The exhibition will also include visual responses to the Korean Photobooks by BCA students, created during a MasterClass with visiting photographer, Andrew Miksys.

Displayed last July at South Studios Dublin, with the support of the Korean Embassy in Dublin, ‘The Korean Photobook’ collection is part of The Library Project, a public resource library of photobooks initiated by PhotoIreland in 2011, and offered for free to the public in its current location in Temple Bar.

Photobook is the name given to those publications developed as a concept book by photographers, similarly to the Artist book. They do not merely list a number of photographs or catalogue items from an exhibition, these photobooks are designed as a whole and everything from the size, the choice of paper, etc. everything adds to the project presented. 

PhotoIreland is a volunteer led organisation dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around Photography in Ireland, and to promoting internationally the work of artists in and from Ireland. www.photoireland.org