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This publication surveys the remarkable photographic work of the Korean artist Atta Kim. Notable for their cinematic scale, dramatic composition, and meticulous technical quality, his photographs count among the most high-impact works to be found anywhere. But their visual seductiveness is ultimately a kind of lure, which the artist employs to draw viewers into unfamiliar realms of speculative thought.
The present book provides a comprehensive overview of Atta Kim's photographs since the mid-1980s, with special emphasis on his current ON-AIR Project. In the ON-AIR photographs, the artist employs extremely long exposures, sometimes lasting as long as twenty-four hours, to create works that explore fundamental questions of time and perception. Through highly unconventional images of such varied subjects as erotic coupling, the militarized landscape along the Korean DMZ, and the seemingly deserted midday precincts of Times Square, he suggests that it is possible for us to imagine duration in ways that are radically different from our everyday experience. In a wide-ranging interview that appears in this volume, Atta Kim explains how such photographic works have arisen from his long-term engagement with philosophical, spiritual, and technological questions.

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Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.6" Width: 12" Height: 9.6"
Weight:   2.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2006
Publisher   Steidl/International Center of Photography
ISBN  3865213111  
ISBN13  9783865213112  

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Christopher Phillips “To date, Phillips has orchestrated discussions on … Solomonic topics at nursing homes, maximum-security prisons, churches, homeless shelters, bookstores and coffeehouses across the country, gently prodding students, urban professionals, unreconstructed slackers, street people and others to share their worldviews and scrutinize their most basic assumptions.”

–Los Angeles Times

Christopher Phillips has a passion for inquiry. A foremost specialist in the Socratic Method, he reminds us that we ought to ask questions – “not about any chance question,” as Socrates put it in Plato’s Republic, “but about the way one should live.”

Phillips believes that the process of dialogue and the space of human interaction are good for us as individuals and essential for us as a society. At a time when there are widening rifts between Americans, and when American culture is frequently perceived as exclusionary and self-involved, Phillips encourages us to approach others with greater openness and less fear. His goal is to inspire curiosity and wonder, to nurture self-discovery and democracy.

To this end, Phillips is the founder of the Constitution Café and Socrates Café dialogue groups. These groups aren’t just about good conversation, however. “It’s grass-roots democracy,” Phillips told Time magazine. “It’s only in a group setting that people can hash out their ideas about how we should act not just as an individual but as a society.”

“Phillips induces his listeners to examine their assumptions rationally, in hopes they will see the way to improving the meaningfulness of their lives. These dialogues are intriguing, interesting, and often unexpected, as Phillips modestly considers himself a fellow inquirer, rather than a didactic instructor.”


In his first bestseller, Socrates Café (2001), Phillips travels across America, launching philosophical discussion groups designed to stimulate inquiry and debate. In Six Questions of Socrates (2004) and Socrates in Love (2007), he expands the scope of his explorations, engaging in spirited and provocative discussions with Japanese fifth-graders, Somali refugees, a Mexican museum worker, an Israeli university student, and Korean Buddhists, among others. These conversations reveal surprising points of intersection between classical philosophy, modern life, and the intellectual richness of societies far removed from Western philosophical tradition.

To date, Phillips has helped create more than 500 ongoing discussion groups around the world. In the words of Time magazine, “Socrates Cafés have found a surprisingly large and diverse following.” The subjects under discussion are Life’s Big Questions: love and friendship, work and fulfillment, justice and religion, death and aging.

Phillips’s newest project, Constitution Café, is a space dedicated to the Jeffersonian idea of freedom: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In these groups, a broad cross-section of actual and aspiring Americans grapple with how they would sculpt the United States Constitution if they could start from scratch. In his book of the same name, Constitution Café (2011), Phillips describes what led him to hit the road once again and launch an initiative aimed at generating a new, nationwide Constitutional Convention. Energized by the initial optimism surrounding Obama’s presidency and the fierce partisanship infecting Congress, Phillips wants Americans to understand and challenge our most fundamental freedoms—with a little help from Thomas Jefferson.

“If challenging received wisdom can be a precarious occupation, Phillips believes it’s as necessary now as it ever was,” says the Los Angeles Times. “America, he thinks, is politically and spiritually adrift, a condition not unlike that facing Greece in the time of Socrates.”

Dr. Phillips is also the founder and executive director of the Democracy Café and the Society for Philosophical Inquiry (SPI). Dr. Phillips frequently lectures on such topics as “Leading Change,” “Deliberative Traditions and Democracy,” and “Socratic Inquiry” for audience of all ages, bringing them into an engaged dialogue about our society.

Dr. Phillips—who earned his PhD in Communications, and who has Master’s degrees in the humanities, the natural sciences, and in education—is a professor, writer and pro-democracy activist. Dr. Phillips is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award and is a Senior Fellow in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on such subjects as 'Socratic Method and Democratic Citizenship' and 'Money and Democracy.' He and his family divide their time between Mexico, Virginia, and Philadelphia. He is currently working on two new books.

Selected Writings
  • Constitution Café (W.W. Norton, 2011)
  • Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart (W.W. Norton, 2007)
  • Six Questions of Socrates (W.W. Norton, 2004)
  • Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy (W.W. Norton, 2001)

Christopher Phillips has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Green Hill Instrumental Collections

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Making Visible the Unseen  Sep 22, 2007
Atta Kim is an important photographer. This book provides ample evidence as to why he is. Rather than turn his camera on the world to show the things he finds interesting, Kim has made pictures for the past two decades that make visible his ideas about existence. A masterful photographer, he uses the camera to make us see the world in a way we hadn't quite imagined. You will want to have this book among your photography and art books. Atta Kim is simply one of the best and most interesting photographers working today.
Want to know about 'Early Atta's works'  Jan 10, 2007
He's well known artist in Asia who is from Korea.
There are 2 books published at English about him.
This is good for helping you could understand his past and present and a kind of exotic custome.
Finally you could know why he took them and why he is a famous.

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