han sungpil – intervention

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man’s messing with his natural habitat is a much-discussed, richly reflected topic, these days more than most likely ever before. therefore, it is not so much the lingering on ideas of “global economics and society’s fear of the worst case scenario” (introduction) as the sheer beauty that speaks most truly to the beholder of han sungpil‘s “intervention” (hatje cantz). compiling photography of han’s series polar heir and ground cloud, the book takes off to both the arctic and the antarctic oceans as well as the south atlantic for some mindbogglingly  clear, short focal length shots whose panoramas are an invitation to get lost in its details, before the mood suddenly turns. after the elegy that is eternal ice, we are transported to the riverbanks of the loire and seine where we see atomic plants explode their clouds into the most colorful of atmospheres. he who is not, if not for longer than a long, long moment, enchanted by the beauty of all that is rotten, is a true philistine.