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.