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Archive for August, 2008

Kevin J. Miyazaki launched the 6th installment of tinytinygroupshow on his blog today, based on the theme “Simultaneous.” 11 photographers were instructed to take a picture at noon Central time on August 17th. Check it out.

Photographers included in this endeavor:

Andrew Hetherington
Hee Jin Kang
Liz Kuball
Andrew Phelps
Kirby Pilcher
Shawn Records
Jonathan Saunders
Kelly Shimoda
Allison V. Smith
Amy Stein
Sonja Thomsen

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Leave it to me to get teary over a Hallmark card. But still…

Thanks mom and dad!

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familial

I met with photo curator George Slade today, formerly of the Minnesota Center of Photography which sadly closed its doors this month, and our discussion made me think again about this Red Wing project and how it fits into a greater body of work.

I’ve always imagined this project to be part one of a three-part series. Part two is Sandy’s Deli. And part three, at least in my mind, is a portrait project about my parents as they are today.

I never planned on spending so much time working on these kinds of personal investigations. But what motivates me is the knowledge that these photographic projects create a family archive.

When my father-in-law died last year, he left a manuscript that recounted stories of his life from birth to early adulthood. He dedicated this journal to his future grandchildren, so they could have a sense of who their grandfather was. These kinds of efforts reach out through time and connect us.

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Some snapshots from my visit to the Minnesota State Fair. We ate pecan-covered cinnamon rolls, pronto pups on a stick and cheese curds – delicious!


All photographs © Hee Jin Kang 2008

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(Photographer unknown)

© Hee Jin Kang 2008

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So here it is, my interview with the RE and it’s above the fold, folks.

The link is here (seems to work without having to create an account).

Today I did two things that I haven’t done in a real long while (related to my artist talk at the noontime Kiwanis):

First I sang along to “America the Beautiful” and then I said the Pledge of Allegiance. When is the last time you did either of those two things? The words just spilled out of me, having been ingrained into my psyche years ago.

The talk went well, and most importantly, I received this commemorative Red Wing pin – yay!

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background

From the Red Wing Republican Eagle, April 29, 1974:

From the Red Wing Republican Eagle, undated (my mom is second to the left, with the big hair):

And then…

My folks in Minnesota, circa 1973:

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