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Namhun Sung, Red Island

The massacres on the South Korean island of Jeju began in April, 1948,  and were kept secret for a long time. Thousands of the inhabitants died in the wake of uprisings against the locally-imposed government. Making use of damaged large-size Polaroids, the Korean photographer (born 1963) found an unusual format and imagery for his “Red Island” series, capturing the island’s gruesome past.

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