* Date : 2016-02-22
Magnum Photos photographer Thomas Hoepker received much acclaim for photographing and publicizing the heroic side of boxing champion Muhammad Ali when racial discrimination was at its worst, and for spending three years in East Germany in the 1970s to introduce to the world the lives of its people. Recently the renowned photographer visited Korea, where he traveled with art student Choi Ji-young to places that still bear the traces of national division and war.
The two travelers first take the DMZ train to Cheorwon and tour Baekmagoji, the Second Tunnel, the Korean Workers' Party Headquarters and the Seungilgyo Bridge, all of which witnessed the tragedy of the Korean War.
Their second destination is Korea's largest port-city of Busan, where the past throbs beneath the flashy, modern metropolis it has become today. The Yeongdodaegyeo Bridge, which was a popular meeting point among refugees during the Korean War, still bears the traces of life from more than six decades ago. The 40 Step Culture and Tourism Theme Street and Ibagu Road are among the places that witnessed the struggles of war refugees and the most tumultuous period in the history of Busan.
The final leg of this trip is Gyodongdo Island, which is surrounded by a barbed wire fence. Across the fence is the North Korean territory, which can be seen with the naked eye. Located just two kilometers from the North Korean village of Yeonbaek, Gyodongdo, is home to many displaced people who cannot return to their hometowns in the North. The two travelers visited one of the local families, which was making preparations for the Chuseok holiday.
The 7th episode of "In Frame, Season 3" -- "Memories of a Division" -- tells the painful history of Korea, the only divided nation in the world. It will air on November 23, 2015 at 7AM on Arirang TV.