Joo Myung Duck (b. 1940) is one of the most important photographers working today in South Korea. Joo’s early documentary style work observes the everyday struggles in post-Korean War society. Whether his subjects are orphans, villagers, or families, Joo focuses on their dignity within harsh realities and unsettled circumstances. His other work exquisitely studies the details of traditional architecture—from palaces to farmhouses—in a soft dim light. Joo’s most outstanding works are the dark abstract landscapes that characterize his later evolution as an artist.