Hardcover in a thin cardboard folder
15 x 21.3 x 4 cm
Dark Cities is a self-published project in a thin-cardboard folder containing 3 books that are 3 perceptions of Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul through the « lens » of a specific and unusual location: a carpark (01 – Carpark), a run-down tower (02 – Capsule), an old city quarter (03 – Euljiro). The original training as architect of the artist Shyue Woon is very present in this triptych that also carries a rather dark atmosphere
Shyue Woon stumbled into this mysterious old quarter in Seoul during her travels. The further one wanders in, the smaller the alleys get and the older the shops appear. While the locals put on suits and ties and go to work at the adjacent gleaming new glass and steel office towers, middle-aged men in Euljiro operate band saws or large presses, amid the smell of grease and metal all around. Perched on a tiny stool on the sidewalk, a roving knife-sharpener scrapes a blade across a whetstone, while nearby another man works in a shop where the entire floor is covered in rusty metal hooks. Porters ferry things around on two-wheeled dollies, and motorcycle drivers drop off and pick up deliveries. It’s nearly all men who do these things in the alleys.
About the Artist
Shyue Woon (b.1975), ARB(UK) registered Architect; Specialized in mid to large scale Mixed-use, Transportation, and Infrastructural developments. Resides in Singapore and works for Land Transport Authority (LTA) designing upcoming MRT stations and facility buildings. Shyue Woon’s debut photobook “Dark Cities” won the inaugural First Draft Award by THEBOOKSHOW. Woon was also selected as an artist in Mt Rokko International Photography Festival Emerging Photographers Showcase 2016 and his…
About the Publisher
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