I visited Seoul deep in a winter strongly influenced by the severe northern climate. A cityscape which I’ve never laid eyes on, but feels as if I have. A large river. A biting wind. Plants completely faded in color. Sounds of birds which I’ve never heard. Different lights, the same solitude. This was my first impression of the city. From 2000 on, we have been growing more familiar with South Korea and its culture due to the “Korean Wave”, caused by the growing popularity of Korean media. Even with the bustling image of Korea we have from the “Korean Wave” or the situation of Korea being under a truce, Seoul seemed surprisingly quiet. At a park near the river, there was a peeling picture of the Korean marathon runner Ki-jung Son, who became the first Asian Olympic gold medalist. This was during the Japanese occupation so he bore the Japanese flag on his chest. Seeing signs of neglect in the city, we can realize there is also the present on top of the city’s varied past and its people’s thoughts. We can feel the memories of this race of people and their lives, accumulated over time, in their faces and appearances. Through my photography, I’m glad to show the face of a city lurking within the connection between the city of Seoul, its people and the Hang River steadily flowing slowly along.
Taryn Simon / “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar”
White Tiger (Kenny) Selective Inbreeding, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Foundation Eureka Springs, Arkansas
In the United States, all living white tigers are the result of selective inbreeding to artificially create the genetic conditions that lead to white fur, ice-blue eyes and a pink nose. Kenny was born to a breeder in Bentonville, Arkansas on February 3, 1999. As a result of inbreeding, Kenny is mentally retarded and has significant physical limitations. Due to his deep-set nose, he has difficulty breathing and closing his jaw, his teeth are severely malformed and he limps from abnormal bone structure in his forearms. The three other tigers in Kenny’s litter are not considered to be quality white tigers as they are yellow-coated, cross-eyed, and knock-kneed.