The Visual Georgraphy of the New Korea

A long time ago, in a Korea of another age, Seoul was a truly conservative, extremely reserved place where people didn't hold hands and certainly never hugged or kissed in public. But Korea has developed into a consumer economy based on choice, freedom and the ability to indulge one's carnal urges.
Today’s lecture will focus on a collection of images that conveys the hard-felt passions of the New Koreans, who are young-at-heart, more carefree, play hard, and expect some gratification now and not desires forever deferred. These images define the style of a new kind of street, one in which, laughter, love and yes, sex are all in the air.

Michael Hurt is a photographer and professor living in Seoul. He received his doctorate from UC Berkeley's Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies and started the first street fashion blog in South Korea, and has covered Seoul Fashion Week for the last fourteen seasons. He is also author of "The Seoul Fashion Report," the first and only photo book about Korean street and runway fashion and runs an online site of the same name covering Korean fashion and lifestyle. He is assistant professor at Hongik University (Hongdae) teaching both photography and culture courses. His pictures can be directly followed on Instagram under the ID kuraeji.

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