Essay by Park Pyung Jong / 박병종
Hardcover (With cardboard slipcase)
The production of Interpreters, began with Kyungwoo Chun’s delivery of portrait photographs of anonymous person taken in the 1900s to ten European painters living and working in Bremen, Germany. The 1900s marks the first chapter of the history of Korean photography in the late Joseon Dynasty. These painters were asked to represent these unfamiliar figures of the East, their foreign dress from an unknown culture. The photographs were recreated and interpreted into painting and thus reborn in the encounter of four people- the figure in the original photograph, the photographer, the painter and Chun, enclosed in a single image.
Kyungwoo Chun was born (1969) in Seoul. After his first study of Photography in Korea (1992) he moved to Germany, where he studied and started to work on his art projects in Europe. He has become known for his poetically blurred photographic portraits in a very unconventional way of dealing with time and space.
The Museum of Photography, Seoul is a photography museum in Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea.