The Korean artist Jungjin Lee has worked on manual photography since early 1980s. Her works imply ideas of Eastern philosophy. She took images of deserts and mountains during her journey to Arizona, New Mexico and Canada, which were composed to a photo book named Opening. The book uses accordion folds to create back to back panoramic images. When they are totally unfolded. Those rocks, woods and sky in deserts and mountains create two tranquil and profound poems. In the process of viewing these seemingly simple pictures, the sceneries have turned obscure becoming the reflection of people’s inner world. Human beings tend to project the meaning of their existence to every corner of the physical world through the process of inspecting the material world. The artist questions the permanent existence of those broad and everlasting materials.
These art book are typically produced by artists who happen to be working with the photographic medium rather than photographers producing like sort of storytelling-oriented photo books. I certainly love that form and I have experimented a lot of with that myself but I really drawn to people who are operating outside of the medium in terms of how they define themselves are as artists and doing really interesting things with the media.