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Stained Ground


by Taewon Jang
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Stained Ground
by Taewon Jang

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Ominous, overwhelming, and harshly lit at night—Korean photographer Taewon Jang (1976 in Seoul) puts industrial plants at the center of his work. He documented abandoned steel factories, nuclear reactors, cooling towers, storage containers, or briskly working oil refineries to depict the traces of humans’ effort to survive in modern era. Residential buildings seem tiny in comparison, and the overall scale has obviously shifted.
Jang prefers to show us these industrial landscapes in the gray of the dawn, or the red of dusk, by moonlight, in fog or snow; sometimes he shifts a gnarled tree into the foreground, but despite—or perhaps precisely because of—these potentially romantic, idyllic topoi, the viewer senses an uncanny, apocalyptic mood. Large, apparently deserted industrial plants dominate the horizon, yet moving backhoes, cranes, and conveyor belts give the impression they might have a hazardous life of their own.

Contributions by Suejin SHIN, graphic design by Andreas Platzgummer, ed. Suejin SHIN, Markus Hartmann

Publisher: Hatje Cantz

Size: 310 x 255 mm

168 pages, 77 illustrations

ISBN 13
9783775737845
Publisher
Hatje Cantz
Date Published
2014
Dimensions
310 x 255 mm
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
No. of Pages
168
Image Count
77
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