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Galactic Bulge over Gemini Telescope . Mauna Kea Hawaii 2014 May 28

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Aurora Destination. Northwest Territories. Canada. February 2014

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Total Solar Eclipse. Second Contact. 2017.8.21. Shoshoni, WY. USA. Sony A9

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Aboard the Hurtigruten. Norway. Date: January 2013

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16. Mar. 2015 at Geomagnetic storm (G4-class), Kp-8.2. It is southern direction! NOT northern. Yellowknife. Canada.

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A Starry Night of Moab July 2014

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A Natural Night. Western Australia. July 2012

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Total Solar Eclipse. Fulldome format. 2017.8.21. Shoshoni, WY, USA.

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La Palma, Spain. 2017. May. Sony A7R2 + Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4

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Milky ways of La Palma. Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos. 2017. May.

'COSMOS ODYSSEY' is a time-lapse project for 5 years. Journeys for AstroPhotography from Equator to Polar Regions.

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Ochul Kwon Kilimanjaro

Kwon, O Chul, a landscape astrophotographer in Korea, is born in Seoul in 1974. He started night sky photography since 1992 and hold his first solo photo exhibition in 1996. He works as network engineer in day time and takes night sky images at every clear weekend nights. For his photography he uses several medium format and panorama format film cameras for large exhibition quality printing.

In his photography style, he looks for the harmony between celestial motion and star trails, ancient relics, and Korean beautiful landscapes. His major recent exhibition “Starry flow in night Sky” has been hold in Sejong Center of Seoul in 2007. Besides contributing images and articles to magazines, newspapers, and national school text books, his photography book Starry flow in night Sky (in Korean) is published in 2008.

Ochul Kwon

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Kim Julja

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Sung Yongja

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Kang Sunok

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Jung Soonok

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Ko Jungsoon

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Oh Bonghee

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Ko Wallja

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Hyun Okran

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Kim Sanok

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Yang Chunja

Hyungsun Kim (b. 1965) is another Korean photographer drawn to the sea. A successful commercial photographer, he became fascinated with the haenyeo, the women divers centered on the southern island of Jeju, and spent time from 2012 to 2014 photographing them. His 19 prints present the women in color and life-size, shot in their black or orange wetsuits against a plain white backdrop that separates them from their environment but makes each a vivid presence.

Haenyeo begin training at age 8, and at 15 start diving for abalones, conchs, sea cucumbers and hijiki, a sea vegetable that grows along rocky coastlines. They use no breathing devices, but can stay submerged for one to two minutes. There are 4,900 haenyeo registered in the Jeju Province, although only about 2,500 are working, and most of them are 60 or over. The work is physically demanding (many of the women take sedatives or painkillers) and dangerous, so young women today are more likely to go to the city than to the sea. The youngest diver in the exhibition appears to be about 30, but most are considerably older and their faces are records of their hard lives.

Their faces are creased, but Mr. Kim shows they are tough and spirited women. He photographed them at the end of their workday, when their suits and hair were still dripping wet, and their expressions alternate between exhaustion and a sense of accomplishment. It is not surprising that haenyeo have their own gods and rituals.

“For me, the photos of the haenyeo reflect and overlap with the images I have of my mother and grandmother,” Kim says. “They are shown exactly as they are, tired and breathless. But, at the same time, they embody incredible mental and physical stamina, as the work itself is so dangerous; every day they cross the fine line between life and death. I wanted to capture this extreme duality of the women: their utmost strength combined with human fragility.”

Hyungsun Kim

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Yang Seung Woo is a former gangster of the Korean underworld. Now based in Japan as a photographer, The Best Days is a reflective book of photographs revealing his former life in the Korean Yakuza underworld, and the lives of his friends who remained and have risen through it’s ranks.

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Seung-woo Yang is a Korean born photographer who lives in Japan. How he came to be here is a rather unusual story. As a teenager he seems to have been expelled from high school at least twice, not just to another school, but to another school in another city. The friends of those days became Yakuza bosses.

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This could have been Yang`s destiny, if not for certain acts of fate. The Korean Yakuza are the main subject of Yang`s book and latest exhibition at Zen Foto Gallery: "The Best Days", in reference to the excitement of those youthful days, when they were exploring the forbidden, but had not become Yakuza or adults with a sense of responsibility or guilt for what they may be involved with. Yang has many interesting series, but the subject of this book and exhibition is his former life and the lives of his friends who remained and rose to seniority in the Korean underworld.

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The photographs tell a an unusual story from an unusual point of view - there cannot be many who have had such access to the world of active gangsters. Those few other examples have been outsiders who managed to secure permission, presumably showing what the protagonists agreed to show.

Yang has shown this world from a true insider`s perspective. Apart from the overall picture, the individual photographs are very powerful, telling a story related to a major element of the underworld life, and this seems to be a life that is reduced to essentials: to money, to power, to sex, to love, to life and to death. B5 softcover edition of 700 copies. Recommended.

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Self portrait in the bathtub. In the brothels gangster's frequent, customer's recieve baths, facials and massages.

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The child of a gangster friend bows to pay his parents upon entering military service.

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Self portrait with two friends "the morning after"

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Self portrait with girl

Mr. Yang — who was born in 1966 in Gwangju, South Korea — took the picture in 2004, when he’d already been living in Japan for seven years. He shot it on one of many return visits to his homeland, recalling the life he once lived.

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Men gather at the reception of gang leader's wedding

"One of my old mates died. Actually he stopped himself, but his dying changed now. The other lads will just forget him, I will forget him too, I looked for a photo so I could see his face, but there weren’t any. I thoght he was me special mate. Sooner or later I will be gone too, it made me want to take photographs…." - Yang

Seungwoo Yang







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