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Living Through Forgotten War: Portrait Of Korea

Living Through Forgotten War: Portrait of Korea

30 black and white photographs accompanied by thorough captions that explain the history and cultural context of the images. The photographs in Living Through Forgotten War: Portrait of Korea eschew the combat and military hardware shots typical in war photography, and instead focus on the everyday experiences of soldiers, civilians, refugees and even prisoners. In doing so, invites a deeper understanding of Korean history by depicting the dislocation, isolation and loss of the conflict as well as the hope that managed to survive.

Korean War in Color

As if it were not bad enough that the Korean War is, for many in the West, a ‘forgotten war’ wedged between the larger conflicts of World War II and Vietnam, its legacy has been conveyed largely in the medium of black and white photography, putting up yet another psychological barrier between the conflict and modern day audiences. In John Rich’s ‘Korean War in Color: A Correspondent’s Retrospective on a Forgotten War,’ published by Seoul Selection to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, the renowned war correspondent breaks down this barrier with a jaw-dropping collection of color photographs of the Korean War, perhaps the finest collection of color images of the conflict anywhere. In vivid hues of blue, green and red, Rich’s photographs take the war out of the history books, allowing readers to better connect with a conflict that, while forgotten, continues to impact the lives of Koreans to this day.

“Both exhibitions were organized by The Korea Society. All photos of Korean War in Color are copyright © John Rich”

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