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"Ajumma, Portraits of Middle-aged Women in Korea" by Hein-Kuhn Oh

Hein-Kuhn Oh started his career as a documentary photography. He captured the social landscapes on the streets, focusing on specific groups of people that present a certain type of social convention created by the Korean society.
In 1999 Hein-Kuhn Oh did a solo exhibition named 'Ajumma, Portraits of Middle-aged Women in Korea.' Many of his projects after this exhibit he has pursued his constant interest in revealing common notions and sterotypes that are influenced by entertainment media in Korean society.
Hein-Kuhn Oh recently received the 10th Dong-gang Photography Award in Young-Wal, Korea. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Kaywon School of Art and Design.
Ajumma wearing a pearl necklace, February 25, 1997
Ajumma Puts a jacket on her shoulder, March 27, 1997
Ajumma wearing a tiger fur print dress, March 27, 1997
Ajumma wearing a flower print scarf. March 27, 1997
Two Ajummas 1. March 26, 1997
Ajumma with sad eyes, March 27, 1997
Ajumma wearing a pink Korean traditional dress. March 27, 1997
Ajumma wearing a gold-rimmed eye glasses, March 21, 1997
Ajumma with a good laugh, March 24, 1997
Ajumma wearing a jade green Korean traditional dress, March 27, 1997
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20년간 배웅하는 부모님을 기록한, 포토그래퍼 디에나 다이크먼
헤어짐과 배웅(Leaving and waving) 20년간 배웅하는 부모님을 기록한 사진이 세간의 화제다. 이는 미국 출신의 포토그래퍼 디에나 다이크먼(Deanna Dikeman)이 포착한 것. 그녀는 수많은 다른 부모들처럼 집을 나설 때면, 문 앞까지 인사해 주시는 부모님이 계셨다. 1991년 어느 날, 이런 평화로운 세월이 영원히 지속되지 않을 것이라는 걸 깨달은 후 20년이 넘는 기간 동안 똑같이 자동차 창문을 내리고 손 흔들어주시는 부모님을 찍게 된 그녀. 디에나 다이크먼은 1995년 다정히 서있는 모습부터 자동차 뒷좌석에서 손녀딸을 쳐다보는 사진, 지팡이를 든 채 배웅하는 장면 그리고 2009년 아버지가 세상을 떠난 뒤 어머니 홀로 있는 상황 등 모든 순간들을 담아냈다. 세월이 지날수록 노쇠해지는 부모님과 링거를 맞은 채 손 흔드는 모습, 마지막 텅 빈 앞마당까지. 2017년을 끝으로 이 시리즈는 마무리되었으며, 2018년 캔자스시티에서 <헤어짐과 배웅(Leaving and waving)>이라는 주제로 전시회가 개최되었다. 변치 않는 자식을 향한 사랑을 기록한 디에나 다이크먼. 가슴을 뭉클하게 만드는 이미지와 전시 당시 그녀가 남긴 말은 아래에서 찬찬히 확인해보자. " 작품의 대부분은 차 안에서 바라본 부모님의 모습이다.시간이 지나도 부모님과 함께 하는 시간은 변하지 않는다는 것을 전하고 싶었다. " 1995 1996 1997-1998 2000-2001 2001 2002-2004 2006 2008 2009 2013 2014 2015 2017 2017 2017 더 자세한 내용은 <아이즈매거진> 링크에서