Noh is one of the most advanced and prominent photographers in South Korea. Working in both North and South Korea, his photography projects center primarily on social and political issues in contemporary Korean society such as the division of the Korean Peninsula. His projects are usually developed on an on-going basis or over the course of several years such as his notable series the StrAnge Ball (2004-2007) about the military presence of the US armed force in a small village in South Korea. Shooting in both black and white and color, Noh is known for his unique and unconventional photography aesthetic which combines the documentary and the fictional.
Noh currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.
the strAnge ball / 2004-2007
The series shows us the process of discovering the identity of a mysterious massive sphere that stands in the middle of the wide field of Daechoori village, Paengseong-eup, Pyeoungtaek Korea.
Radome, a combined word of Radar and Dome is the name of this structure which was discovered to be a high capacity radar installed by the US military without any announcement and acknowledgement of the local. It represents the status of the U.S. in the Korean Peninsula, which has a strong influence on Korean politics, holding strong control over its national security.
In the strAnge ball series that consists of about 100 photographic images and developed over a few years of time, the Radome sometimes harmonizes uncannily with the surrounding sceneries, sometimes hidden as it doesn’t want to be seen; sometimes stands out and seems to dominate the surroundings. The work also documents how the extension of the US military base intruded the home of the local and eventually led to violent conflict and evacuation. Despite the documentary context, the series also demonstrates Noh’s unique, unconventional photographic aesthetic, which combines the documentary and the fictional.
Remarks: Daeseong-dong (also called Tae Sung Dong), South Korea, is a town in South Korea close to the North Korean border. It lies within the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The village is about 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) south of the Bridge of No Return, and 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city of Kaesong, North Korea.