This year marks the 130th anniversary of the introduction of photography to Korea. Since Kim Yong-won, who pioneered the introduction of photography to the country, opened a photo studio in Seoul in 1883, portrait photos have evolved from uncommon items owned by a privileged group of people into indispensable everyday objects that express the hopes and desires of anyone who wishes to leave behind their own image.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has adopted the ‘portrait photo’ as the theme of the Seoul Photo Festival 2013, which marks its fourth edition this year, and has organized the festival in such a way that the history etched into people’s faces can be interpreted as the history of a region and the history of a city.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government collected more than 600 portrait photos compiled from a period of over 100 years, and organized the exhibition into Parts 1 and 2. The city government also discovered through a public contest more than 100 wedding photos that citizens have been keeping in their albums, and is hosting a special Exhibition conceived to share memories of weddings from the late 10th century to the 20th century.
Members of the public may attend all programs of the Seoul Photo Festival 2013 free of charge. The Seoul Museum of Art’s main building is from 10am to 8pm daily. The museum will be closed on Mondays.