The Bride Series, stretches the traditional ways brides are defined. The Asian brides I photographed are not the typical, submissive, male-relying brides that may first come to mind to a lot of people when they think of Asian brides. Other brides I photographed transcend the meaning of the gender of groom and bride. The women in my photographs are the participants in a mass marriage ceremony by the Unification Church; the bride-wanna-bes at Korean sticker photo stores; a 78 year-old bride on her 60th wedding anniversary in Queens, NY; drag queens, and another mass marriage ceremony of same-sex brides. - Jean Chung

Korean photographer Jean Chung has won one of the six grand prizes at the International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan in France. The 36-year-old freelance photographer has been touring famine and conflict sites around the world.

Chung has been visiting troubled areas around the world, including the Afghan interior and tsunami ravaged Thailand. An art student in her earlier days, she graduated from Seoul National University's Oriental Painting College of Arts in 1993.

She studied photography at New York University and worked in the U.S. for a while as a photojournalist. After getting her master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri, she began to travel the globe. Her first important work was a New York Times spread detailing the destruction caused by the tsunami in Thailand in late 2004. Since then she's been active both at home and abroad.

Digital Chosun Ilbo

Yuki, 2006

From the series Sakura, 2007

RCA Photography 2007 / Hyun-Ah Cho

Seowoo and her pink things, Color  Photography, 76x76 (cm), 2005 edition 7

Emily and her pink things, Digital Archival Print, 76x76 (cm), 2005 edition 7

This project began with my daughter. My five-year-old daughter loves pink. She wants to wear only pink clothes and only own pink toys and objects. My daughter is not unusual. Most other little girls in the United States and South Korea love pink clothing, accessories and toys. This phenomenon seems widespread among various ethnic groups of children regardless of their cultural backgrounds. This preference is the result of cultural influences and the power of pervasive commercial advertisements such as those for Barbie and Hello Kitty. Through advertising, customers are directed to buy blue items for boys and pink for girls. Blue has become a symbol of strength and masculinity, while pink symbolizes sweetness and femininity.

To make The Pink and Blue Project series, I visited children’s rooms, where I displayed their possessions in an effort to show the viewer the extent to which children and their parents, knowingly or unknowing, are influenced by advertising and popular culture. - jeongmee yoon

JeongMee Yoon on artnet

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