Seoul photo club New Year Exhibition
Over the past year, the Seoul Photo Club has been running the Photo of the Month competition for Groove Korea Magazine. It’s been a very beneficial relationship with Groove getting top quality images for publication and photographers getting exposure as well as a great souvenir of their time in Korea.
All of the Groove Photo Challenge winning photographers over the past year, as well as SPC members who have been published in other Korean media and magazines are being showcased right now in the Seoul Photo Club New Year Exhibition at Caffe Bene in Chungmuro. It’s a great location for the exhibition, Chungmuro being one of the ‘camera central’ areas of Seoul with many new and used camera stores, film and developing, and printing and framing services available.
The exhibition covers from January until December 2010 – it’s an excellent retrospective on the year in the SPC. Featured photographers include talented Groove regulars Dylan Goldby and Shawn Parker, who between them shot most of last year’s cover images and contributed a great many more to many of last year’s articles. The photographs represent various styles, from Ian Cuison’s stunning macro photography to an awesome Jeju sunrise from Mario Taradan. No only different styles though, the images are sourced from almost all corners of Korea. Mario from Jeju, Pete DeMarco from Busan, Brad Church from Sokcho, Simon Bond from Suncheon and yours truly amongst others from Seoul and the surrounding area.
Several photographers on show have gone from almost zero in terms of photographic experience to consistently producing high quality photographs through their association with and participation in the Seoul Photo Club. Shawn Parker is a fantastic example – going from extreme novice when first joining the SPC, to seeing publication in multiple international magazines and being nominated for the 2011 PATA Gold Award in destination journalism in the space of a couple of years. It will be a great source of inspiration to those of you thinking of picking up a camera seriously for the first time, or even if you haven’t picked one up for quite a while.
Framed prints are also available for sale, so get yourself along and check out what fellow expats get up to with a camera in hand. The exhibition opened on the 1st of January and runs until January the 29th. On lines 3 and 4, just get off Chungmuro Station at either exit 5 or 6. You can’t miss it, Caffe Bene is right on the corner.
Feel free to contact me or drop by the Seoul Photo Club on Flickr if you have any comments or questions, or if you are looking for a bit of photographic advice. Contact details are on the Groove Photo Challenge page.