The past is behind,
the future far away.
The present is a void. A momentary fissure.
This is the first photography book by Ahn Jun, a Seoul-based photographer who works internationally.
It features a series of self-portraits taken between 2008 and 2013 in Seoul, New York, and Hong Kong.
The images of Ahn looking down from the rooftops and edges of high-rise buildings are filled with an overpowering sense of tension and floating in the air.
To stand on rooftops is, for her, to visualize the void that exists between a past that cannot be changed and a future landscape that seems far away, while capturing the momentary fissure that is the present.
This is both a performance replacing time with space and possible only through photography as well as an image isolated from contexts.
Ahn's images are both a perspective of looking out over the city horizontally and one of looking down at the void below from a height.
Optical perception and spatial perception, life and death, ideal and reality all collide with one another, presenting the existence of human beings on these edges.
"I think the present is one very short instant between the future and the past. So basically all of us are living on the edge of something, between life and death, and between the ideal and the reality." Ahn Jun
"With her bare feet showing, or her loose stance as she leaps into the unknown, Jun seduces the viewer to the edge of the void, pushing one to stand, as she does, on the verge of the sublime." Michelle Dunn Marsh（ Executive Director & Curator, Photographic Center Northwest）
- ISBN 13
- 36.4 × 23.3 cm
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