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Korea Up Close Paperback – April 30, 2007

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Contributors: David Smeaton - Australian, photographer and English teacher, Bundang Michael Hurt - American, photographer and media artist, Seoul Ralph Pruszynski - Canadian, English Teacher, Seoul Mary Crowe - American, writer for Korea Times Joe McPherson - American, freelance food writer, Seoul Derek Winchester - Canadian, photographer, Suwon Aly Young - former English Teacher, Anyang Ben Voborsky - photographer, Seoul Andrew White - American, lecturer, Induk Institute of Technology, Seoul Nayan Sthankiya - Canadian, photojournalist Donald Anderson - Canadian Gregory C. Brundage, Kim Dammers - lecturers at Gonyang University, Nonsan Craig White - entrepreneur, Daegu Tonya Schwochert - English teacher, Suwon Maarten Meijer- the author of "What's so Good about Korea, Maarten?" Chad Walker - American, student at Yonsei University Peter Garnhum - former teacher, Incheon William Jackson - English Don Oberdorfer - Journalist and author of "The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History" G. Nikitas Brountas - American, English teacher, Jeju-do Tim Edelsten - English Chris Van den Broeck - Canadian, Lecturer, Baesok College of Cultural Studies, Cheonan Peter Carney - photographer, Seoul Rachel Harris - English/Canadian, teacher, Daegu
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Seoul Selection (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8991913180
  • ISBN-13: 978-8991913189
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,361,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jared M on November 11, 2007
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I worked in Korea for a year back in 2001/2002, and absolutely loved my time there. I'm always on the look out for books about Korea, and this caught my eye while I was browsing the GalbiJim wiki.

Korea Up Close is a photographic book, with essays and photographs by a number of foreigners living and working in Korea. It offers a much more personal insight about the country than your typical book on Korea. The essays/articles range from soju, weekend trips, archery, to pottery, to sword making and are all illustrated with great photographs. The emphasis is on the photography, and some authors comment on why they took the pictures they did. Some are arty, some are documentary, some are character studies, and all are very good. In terms of the printing, the reproduction of the photos are pretty good.

As well as imparting some interesting facts I wasn't aware of before reading this book, this book brought back some wonderful memories for me, and makes me want to go back there for another stint. This book is highly recommended for those who have spent time in Korea, or for those who want to learn a little more about Korean culture.
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By Ferro on March 22, 2012
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If you gather together 20 random expats and get them to write something then you will end up with this: a shallow coffee-table impression of a foreign country.

The editor seems to have removed a lot of spice from the text, but it is fine for e.g. those idle ten minutes in the dentists waiting room. Or as a basic introduction to the country if you have nothing to do and a couple of hours to kill on the flight over.

But I just don't see "why". It attempts to be a mixture of a photography magazine, then with some creative writing thrown in between. Why not pick one or the other? How can I put it.. It seems to be a book made just for the sake of making a book.
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