Taehoon Kim

Documentary photographer
Location: Vancouver
Nationality: Canada
Biography: Taehoon Kim (b. 1987) is a photographer based in Vancouver, B.C. Born in South Korea, he immigrated to Canada when he was six. Taehoon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the full intention of pursuing a law degree, but rekindled... read on
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Credits: taehoon kim
Date of Work: 01/10/18 - Ongoing
Updated: 06/07/19
From 1974 to 1993, my dad worked as the chief architect of Yongpyong Ski Resort — a host site for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. 

Yongpyong became the first ski resort in South Korea, marking a turning point in history when everyday Koreans could afford leisure activities — a remarkable feat considering the country was one of the world's poorest following the Korean War. 

After my dad retired, we immigrated to Canada. Although I knew Yongpyong was one of my dad's great accomplishments, he didn't talk about his work much. 

He died in 2005 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, and never got to see his resort get the Olympics. This is a project that was born out my desire to see his work with my own eyes. I want to learn more about him by spending time in the place where he poured his heart and soul. I hope to capture his spirit, presence and legacy. 

Published in The Globe and Mail.

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