By partnering with institutions, I’ve been able to create work which raises awareness about social issues, human rights, and environmental destruction.
Some of my institutional partners give me up-front funding to create work. Other partnerships focus on getting the work to the public through exhibitions, books, and educational outreach.
A prime example is my partnership with the Pulitzer Center. They funded my travels along the D.M.Z. between North and South Korea. From the field, I posted blog dispatches to the Pulitzer Center website. Once my coverage was complete, an exhibition and public lectures were organized in Washington D.C. Accompanied by the Pulitzer Center’s education staff, I also travelled to sixteen schools along the East Coast to share my photos and experiences with students.
Deciphering North Korea has never been an easy task, and with the recent rise of a secretive third-generation Kim family dictator, the quest seems more relevant than ever. As photographer, I’ve been fascinated with North Korea for years. I visited Pyongyang twice, but there was a limit of how much I could see or learn from the inside. Next, my… read more.
Earlier this year I sat down in NYC with Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, to discuss life along North Korea’s borders. In 2003, Gourevitch wrote Alone in the Dark, a fascinating article which pieces together what life was like under Kim Jong Il. You can read the transcript of our in-depth discussion, listen to an… read more.