The Daegu National Museum is offering up something special over the next couple of months that photography fans won't want to miss. Some of history's most important photographs will be on display as part of the LIFE Photography Exhibition which kicked off on Tuesday and will run until June 28th.
While most magazines of its time began with the intent to spotlight writers, LIFE was the first weekly publication to specifically focus on photographers. 130 photos from the impactful publication will be featured. The photographs will play on the themes of "People vs People" (think historical figures), "Moments" (major historical moments in history), "It's Life" (snapshots of everyday life), and "Kiss the Life" (lots of smooching pictures, from what I can gather).
The cost of the exhibition is 12,000 won. Check the bottom of the post for directions.
Pssst...skip ahead if you hate things like secret passwords and saving money:
Alright. Word on the street is if you show up to view the LIFE Photography Exhibition on Friday April 18th at 4PM, all you have to do is WINK ; ) at the receptionist and say "I missed Daegu Art Museum" and the first 20 people to do so will be given free entry. Literally, you have to wink at the receptionist and say a secret phrase. While this would be a good way to make a bunch of foreigners look like total creeps to the museum staff, I promise you this information came from a reliable source.
Perhaps you'll want to try the phrase in Korean: 대구미술관이 보고 싶었어요 (Daegu misulguani bogo shiputsuyo)
If you actually skipped ahead to this part, I fear we have little in common...
But here's something I know you'll like: Leeahn Gallery's exhibition of film and photography from Eve Sussman, her collaborative team Rufus Corporation, and Simon Lee.
'whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir' (the main video piece of the exhibition) is a film noir which was a featured selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The structure of the film is explained on the Rufus Corporation website: "Pushing the envelope of cinematic form, the film is edited live in real time by a custom programmed computer they call the 'serendipity machine.' whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir delivers a changing narrative - culled from 3,000 clips, 80 voice-overs and 150 pieces of music - that runs forever and never plays the same way twice...Driven by key words, the work seamlessly comes together as a movie – that is not a movie."
Other photographic works and collaborations from Sussman are on exhibition as well, but I won't be like those facebook friends who spoiled Game of Thrones for you by giving away too much -- just be sure plan a visit to Leeahn Gallery before May 3rd to see it for yourself.
Leeahn Gallery -
Take exit 9 at the Banwoldang subway station. Go to the right and head down Bongsan Culture Street. At the end of culture street, continue straight (south). Leeahn Gallery is on your left before you get to the road with the monorail.
Here's a map to help
Daegu National Museum -
Click HERE for detailed instructions from the Manchon subway stop on Line 2. Click HERE for less detailed instructions but more bus route options found on the museum's website.
- Lisa Highfill