The Disappeared - Modern Korean Architecture


The term “The Disappeared” traditionally refers to the forced and unacknowledged disappearance of people. Here I am referring to the forced and unacknowledged disappearance of architectural photography. Modern culture’s obsession with other photographic genres prevents a recognition that it is through architecture that human beings define their place in time and change the environment in which they live.

Architecture’s effect is 3D and multi sensual. I am going to demonstrate this by conveying the emotions and sensuality intended by architects themselves. This project focuses on contemporary Korean architecture as it too, is often overlooked and adversely compared to Korean architecture of past ages.


“The Disappeared” is underpinned by a series of values. Architectural photography, itself, is 3D. The 3 dimensions are those of the architect, the photographer and the viewer. The role of the architect and the viewer are the most important. That of the photographer is to convey and connect the intention and emotion of the architect to the viewer.

Architectural photography is a science. “The Disappeared” shows the scientific application of photographic learning to the subject of modern Korean architecture to give it shape, life and a strengthened sense of materiality.

I am inspired by the motivations and values listed above. They empowered me to take on the challenge of this project. In doing so, I am seeking to follow in the footsteps of Adrian Schulz in making architectural photography accessible, understandable and most of all, exciting.


In photographing modern Korean architecture I am focusing on the use of perspective in making 3D images using a 2D medium. My emphasis is on abstract form and communicates architectural space, presence and sensuality. I have applied narrative to the images by leaving them untitled. This represents the lack of identity afforded to them in today’s society.

The final image is of a new building under construction. I have included it to pose the question “will it be treated like all the others or afforded a real identity and expression of its own”?