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Korea: As Seen by Magnum Photographers [Hardcover]

Magnum Photos , Bruce Cumings Ph.D.
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Book Description

November 17, 2008

More than 230 full-color images by some of the world's most-renowned photographers.

South Korea, with its craggy hillsides, gnarled trees, and ancient temples, is steeped in tradition yet, at the same time, is thoroughly modern―the tenth-ranking industrial power in the world. Its capital city, Seoul, is one of the most populous cities in the world and home to such cutting-edge buildings as the Samsung Tower Palace.The beautiful landscape and day-to-day details of life in South Korea are depicted here in images taken by the photographers of Magnum―the famed cooperative whose members are among the greatest photographers of our time. Here we see a rich culture that both respects a dynamic cultural history and celebrates the latest trends in fashion, technology, and architecture. These extraordinary photographs are set in their historical context by an insightful text by historian Bruce Cumings. 247 color photographs

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About the Author

Magnum Photos is the world's most prestigious photographic agency, formed in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David "Chim" Seymour.

Bruce Cumings is chairman of the history department at the University of Chicago and the author of Korea's Place in the Sun. He divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicago.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393067742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393067743
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Korea at its finest. May 17, 2009
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Of the dozens of photo books of countries that I have this is the finest ever. I have travelled extensively in Korea and have lived there. This book is true to the country and the people. It truely is agreat work of art and terrific value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift March 6, 2016
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I bought this as a gift to my father-in-law who really loves looking at photographs and he loved it!
I peeked at it too and I feel it is a slightly odd representation of Korea, but my gift receiver loved it so I have no complaints.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Korea May 28, 2009
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Beautiful book-perhaps a bit heavy on "people" and less on the physical beauty of the country.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book February 21, 2009
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A lovely book, high quality pictures and, for someome who lived there for 2 years, a nice trip down memory lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! August 22, 2011
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My fiancee is half Korean but he hasn't been there since he was very young, so I got him this for Christmas and we've both enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures. We recently moved in together and use it as a coffee table book now.
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