Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Heidelberg, Germany to meet with my publisher Kehrer Verlag and to oversee the production of my upcoming monograph No Sleep.

After an uneventful red-eye flight – I fell asleep about halfway through The King’s Speech (I know, confronted with a choice between Colin Firth and sleep, I thought I’d choose Colin Firth too) – I trained it directly from Frankfurt airport to Kehrer headquarters in Heidelberg, met the team and immediately began poring over the test print of about 30 images that was waiting for me.

That first morning is a blur – thankfully I was in the capable hands of my designer Marijke and Kehrer’s color expert Jürgen. We compared the photographs one-by-one on the test print to a batch of small reference prints I had mailed in the week before and made some minor and some not-so-minor changes to the images in Photoshop. Unsolicited advice: if you ever do a book, make sure your reference prints are really more or less how you want the final images to look. After several hours of eye-straining corrections, it helps to have that constant. We also made small adjustments to the book and cover layouts in Indesign and then I was off to my hotel for some rest!

Heidelberg is a seriously picturesque town, easy to get around in, pleasantly walkable, small yet cosmopolitan. Here’s a view of the river Nektar, with the castle in the distance on the right:

Lots of civilized picnicking and wine drinking along the river bank:

A typical alleyway in the Old Town:

And of course, the famous Castle:

(that’s a very big dog, about the size of a pony, running around in the foreground)

I enjoyed my downtime there immensely: took long rambling walks on Philosophers’ Way, ate delicious ice creams (who knew ice cream was so popular in Germany?), and basked in the sunshine.

Soon enough, it was off to the press!

To be continued…

Photo story on DIS Magazine, take a look. Short text by Sarah Raymont.

I’m showing photographs from the No Sleep series at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, opening this Saturday.  Stop by if you’re in the area!

MADE IN WOODSTOCK V
featuring work by CPW’s artists-in-residence from 2007-2009:

WILLIAM CORDOVA, LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER, TIA-SIMONE GARDNER, LAWRENCE GETUBIG, DANIEL HANDAL, WAYNE HODGE, JEANNETTE LOUIE, HEE JIN KANG, TARRAH KRAJNAK & WILKA ROIG, EMILY HANAKO MOMOHARA, RICARDO MORALES-HERNÁNDEZ, DAWIT L. PETROS, TIM PORTLOCK, JUSTINE REYES, KANAKO SASAKI, LUPITA MURILLO TINNEN, and DONNA J. WAN

January 15 – March 27, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday January 15, 2011, 4-6 pm

Made in Woodstock V (MIW V) is the fifth installment of the Center for Photography at Woodstock‘s series featuring work created by recent partipants of WOODSTOCK A-I-R, CPW’s residency program for artists of color working in the photographic arts.

Established in 1999, WOODSTOCK A-I-R is a workspace residency program which provides participants with time, facilities, space, and the critical & technical support necessary to move forward. The program encourages the pursuit of creative risk-taking in the inspiring environment of Woodstock, where, working without distraction, photographic artists can focus intensely on their new work, continue works in progress, layout their goals for the future, and break new creative ground.

Representing the broad range of photographic practices and interests that WOODSTOCK A-I-R helps realize, the 18 artists featured in MIW V engage in an inspired and deeply self-aware dialogue on history, politics, representational concerns, and more. As no two residencies are the same, the exhibition reveals the intensely diverse, dynamic interests of the artists as a group, and addresses each image-makers own particular story and voice.

To learn more about this show, click here.

I’m pleased to announce my participation in the first issue of 50pm, a monthly collection of fine-art photography portfolios and the first portfolio-based photography magazine developed especially for the iPad (Santa, bring me an iPad for Christmas, ok thanks).

Here is a link to the Apple iTunes page. Go download it for your iPads!

And a separate Lite version, which previews the full magazine, is iPhone compatible and is free.  Though you really need to buy the full iPad version to experience the app in all its glory.

Our first issue – Family Matters – has been released in app stores worldwide on December 7. It comprises of beautiful portfolios by Chris Verene, Hee Jin Kang, Mami Kiyoshi and Elizabeth Clark Libert, four artists who share inside views of their own families. It covers American family life of various social classes and a Japanese family set against a recreation of paradise. Each of these artists has connected with their family to create a beautiful, strong and often touching photo story.

50pm – the iPad magazine is a collaboration between Bite! magazine (Dutch, online) and Daylight Magazine (US, print and online). Both magazines feature fine art and documentary photography of the highest standards.

It only costs $1.99 to download the iPad app – I hope you check it out.

The description reads:

With compact bodies and simple functionality, classic 35 mm cameras paved the way for both amateur photographers and professional photojournalists everywhere. The first was prototyped in Germany in 1913 and went into production as the Leica in 1924. Our collection of found cameras crafted by a variety of mid-century German and Russian manufacturers have become vintage icons, making them perfect for display. Each one is unique; let us choose for you.

  • Each bears the rare character and timeworn beauty of a vintage piece.
  • Cameras are usable as well as decorative.
  • Catalog / Internet only

Wow.

So let me get this straight.  You can fork over $149 and let Pottery Barn choose the perfect vintage camera to suit your perfectly vintage-inspired abode. And lo! not only are they great for display, the cameras are actually “usable.” For those of us just a tad too lazy to pop over to ebay and find these exact same Zorki 4K cameras for less than half of what PB is charging.  I guess the extra surcharge covers their curation fee.

mum & mom

10/20/2010


© Hee Jin Kang 2010


© Hee Jin Kang

iphone = fav

09/17/2010


© Hee Jin Kang

summertime pix

08/31/2010

Last week we woke up to a fire three doors down!  10 firetrucks! 100 firemen!

Thankfully no one was hurt.  The building took a beating though.

Then we went to Surprise, NY for the fourth of July.

Surprise is near Climax.  I bought this lime-green panther lamp.  It looks better than it looks.


All photos © Hee Jin Kang 2010

UPDATE: Here’s a youtube link of the fire.  See that green building on the right – that’s us!