"FUAM Dummy Book Awards Finalist", Istanbul Photobook Festival 2017

"Kassel Dummy Award 2017 Finalist"

Commended Prize - "New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards Finalists"

New Zealand Photobook Awards: Judges' Comment

A complex interweaving of visual narratives, achieved through disciplined editing and design. Great tactility. Exceptional photography. International appeal. A book in which the design mirrors the complexity of the culture and lifestyles that are its subject.

Smart, sharp, global and local views of cross-cultural experiences, packaged in a spectacular collage of book making. A book where the self-conscious act of photographing is almost invisible and the design skilfully imitates the chaos of the life depicted.

The physicality of this publication is experimental. The different page sizes and paper stocks combined with different image combinations, present a playfully designed object.

OVERVIEW

'Duplex City' predominantly focuses on the residents and streets of the neighbourhood of Haebangchon (Freedom Village) in Seoul, Korea. Once a refuge for North Koreans after the Korean War, today Haebangchon is home to a large expat community (made up of South-East Asians, Eastern Europeans, Africans, North Americans etc.). The photographs in this book are observations I’ve made over the past few years that I’ve been living in the area. The book deals with themes of identity, freedom/barriers, and impermanence.

Pages: 92

Printing: Laser

Paper: glossy for color, matt for b/w

Edition: 38

Duplex City is available from Remote Photobooks

http://remotephotobooks.com/shop/blair-kitchener-duplex-city/