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Textus: Seung Hoon Park

You know I am not sure how excited I am about these, they are so reminiscent of the Hockney joiners, but then there is something compelling, maybe I should get past the technique

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Berenice Abbott once said “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.” Despite the fact that digital is where mainstream photography is going, I find it both comforting and inspiring that so many photographers are still shooting film. In fact, while a number of popular stocks have been discontinued, film is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance; either by established photographers going back to it, or in emerging photographers experiencing the magic of silver and light for the first time. I happened upon the work of Korean artist Seung Hoon Park recently and am finding it absolutely fascinating. For his project called Textus,he weaves strips of 8mm or 16mm film together into tapestries of sorts (or placemats, if you prefer), then uses a large-format 8×10 camera to expose the image. As you can see in the photographs below, the results are spectacular; the slight offset in position, angle and depth create almost a kaleidoscopic feel to the images.


Seung Hoon Park’s photographs are available through the Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, CA.

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