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Taegu, 1953
« on: July 30, 2019, 09:48:26 am »

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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2019, 12:01:45 pm »

Very powerful, and so sad.
I'm glad you are digging into your archives of that period, Russ.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2019, 02:41:48 pm »

Agreed; it's a great period for that kind of photography.

But why sad? Kids cry at the droo of a hat, or simply because they feel like making a racket. At least this chappie looks like nobody has had designs on his tailpipe! Yet.

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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2019, 03:26:47 pm »

The kid's okay. I shot this just around the time the war ended. I never knew what was going on, and the ambiguity is strong.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2019, 05:20:46 am »

I like it, there's tension is that shot and it can be interpreted in so many ways…
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2019, 06:24:56 am »

I like it, there's tension is that shot and it can be interpreted in so many ways…
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2019, 08:28:09 am »

The kid's okay. I shot this just around the time the war ended. I never knew what was going on, and the ambiguity is strong.

That kid in now 68ish ...if he's still around.

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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2019, 08:31:43 am »

Who knows, Peter? I'd hope so. The war was just over when I shot this, so maybe he's a multi-millionaire by now.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2019, 08:33:42 am »

Who knows, Peter? I'd hope so. The war was just over when I shot this, so maybe he's a multi-millionaire by now.

Or at least, happy.

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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2019, 10:23:10 am »

By 1960 the life expectancy in South Korea increased to 52.4 years. Can’t find figures for 1953 but since it increased to 52,4 it must have been even lower in 1953. So the odds are........
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2019, 10:39:06 am »

Maybe, Martin, but this was in downtown Taegu (Daegu). The war had beat the place up pretty badly, but it's now the fourth largest city in South Korea, and part of the powerhouse economy of the country. Do you plan to die at the statistical midpoint of life expectancy for your age group? I don't, and I've already surpassed it. So maybe this kid now is flying here and there in his private airplane and enjoying humongous success.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2019, 10:39:47 am »

By 1960 the life expectancy in South Korea increased to 52.4 years. Can’t find figures for 1953 but since it increased to 52,4 it must have been even lower in 1953. So the odds are........

He outlived the odds!

Peter

I have had so many students over the years that are from Korea. Many of them have parents and grandparents my age and older, still with the world. Me being born in 1955.

Peter
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2019, 11:51:28 am »

Here are some of the people who helped build South Korea into an economic powerhouse. I shot this in 1954. These were people from the north who left everything behind and walked south.
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2019, 11:58:13 am »

You've only to look at the life expectancy of Victorians in the UK to believe that folk didn't live to a great age. However life expectancy statistics are often skewed by appalling infant mortality.
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2019, 12:04:07 pm »

Right, Keith. Statistically, all these people must be dead by now.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2019, 07:56:20 pm »

Right, Keith. Statistically, all these people must be dead by now.
And most of us LuLa-ites, too.  :'(
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2019, 07:16:29 am »

Here are some of the people who helped build South Korea into an economic powerhouse. I shot this in 1954. These were people from the north who left everything behind and walked south.

That's a beautiful photograph.

(In the photograph in your original post, what kind of flash were you using?)
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2019, 09:39:13 am »

Hi Elliot, I have to confess, I don’t remember what flash I had. I made that shot – in fact both of them – with an Ikoflex, which was sort of the poor-man’s Rolleiflex in those days, but had a Zeiss lens that was at least the equivalent of the one on the Rollei. I know I used a flash gun: the kind that took relatively small flash bulbs. I think I had a bracket that held the flash on the camera, but I can’t be sure. Compared with what we work with nowadays, it was a pretty primitive rig.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2019, 10:37:30 am »

A couple more travel atmospherics from Taegu in 53-54.
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Re: Taegu, 1953
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2019, 10:51:22 am »

Here are some of the people who helped build South Korea into an economic powerhouse. I shot this in 1954. These were people from the north who left everything behind and walked south.


That shot has beautifully gentle tones; I never see stuff come out of my digital cameras looking like that. We forget what was also in the bath when we emptied it so rapidly.

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