Korean War in color
By Kim Se-jeong
Memories of war can never be as vivid to those who have not been through it.
A recent exhibition, "Korean War in Color" by American War correspondent John Rich adds color to the memory of what's known as "The Forgotten War" on the Korean peninsula between 1950-53.
Rich was a war correspondent working for U.S. broadcasting company NBC at the time of the conflict. Altogether he shot 900 rolls of film in crisp color with Kodak's legendary Kodachrome film, securing the quality of the photos after 60 years.
The photos were stored in a Japanese tea chest until they were rediscovered at Rich's home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Smithsonian Magazine, a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Smithsonian Institute, once published his photos.
The rights to distribute 173 photos were bought by Seoul Selection for the first time.
The same 173 photos were also turned into a book on May 12 with the same title.
In the prologue to the book, Rich writes, "It's my hope that readers of this book will understand the travails of war, and the fact that unlike any other human endeavor, it is a lesson in sacrifice and resilience."
He was unable to travel to Korea for the exhibition or the book opening.
The exhibition will stay open until June 30 at the Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae, an exhibition hall near the Cheong Wa Dae compound. The book is now available for sale.