• SACRED WOOD
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BAE, BIEN-U »SACRED WOOD« – selected by MATHIAS HARDER

»In his home country Korea, the photographer Bae, Bien-U has long been recognized as a master in his field. His book “SACRED WOOD”, published in Europe for the first time, is devoted to the pine tree, which for Koreans represents life and permanency. This tree symbolizes rootedness with the earth as much as contact with the sky — while the forest as a place of silence advances to the rank of a cathedral of contemplation. By using the pine tree, Bae, Bien-U transfers one of the most popular motives of traditional landscape painting to photography, and thereby far surpasses nature photography. His extraordinary images are being ennobled through a book which, based on its detailed workmanship (high quality paper, two-piece slipcase, etc.), has already the potential to become a collector’s item. The saying “becoming one with nature” moves with this small complete artwork into a completely new dimension.«

BAE, BIEN-U
»SACRED WOOD«
PUBLISHER: HATJE CANTZ, OSTFILDERN 2009
TEXT: ESSAYS BY WONKYUNGBYUN AND THOMAS WAGNER
DESIGN: KOMA AMOK
format: ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER, TWO-PARTED SLIPCASE, 28.8 × 34.6 CM, 120 PAGES, 60 B/W AND 13 COLOR REPRODUCTIONS, INDEX WITH 71 REPRODUCTIONS
ISBN: 978–3–7757–2283–4

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