The above slideshow features a brilliant project by architectural photographer Dieter Leistner. He was born in East Germany at the time the Berlin wall was constructed. It wasn’t until he was 37 that the wall fell.
His experiences in Germany stirred in him an interest for North and South Korea, which led to his new book “Korea-Korea.” Leistner began the project in 2006, in Pyongyang, North Korea. He then finished it off in 2012, in Seoul, Korea.
His goal was to reveal the differences between the two countries, specifically focusing on public spaces. As you browse throught the above slideshow, you’ll notice that he observed bus stops, public squares, subway cars, monuments, and more.
Love his work? You can obtain a copy of “Korea-Korea” by clicking here.
The forward of the book by curator Klaus Klemp contains a fascinating perspective on Koreans and Germans:
Up until 1989, Koreans and Germans shared the same fate, although for quite different reasons. While the division of Germany was the result of a terrible war unleashed by Germany across the whole of Europe, the creation of a capitalist South and a communist North Korea was the result of Japanese occupation and a proxy war that the former World War II allies and later Cold War antagonists carried out on Korean soil. German division into West and East and the Korean division into South and North are thus not entirely comparable. But this constellation of the division of a nation, with people cut off from each other, families torn apart, a total blackout on all contact, and the suffering of many victims who paid with their lives or years in labor camps for any attempts to flee is particularly painful for the German observers who can remember their own similar experiences.