I use photography to search for an explanation for the persistent feeling of being both at home/not at home in the small American town where I was raised and in the various American cities I have lived since. This has prompted an investigation of my parents’ immigration and assimilation from South Korea to the United States, and my chronicle of the lives of the three generations of my family. I began this project by re-discovering old photographs that have long been in my family’s possession boxed away nearly destroyed, torn and tattered. Many of the prints have faded away to near nothingness, having been hastily moved around, in attempts of safekeeping during midnight escapes prompted by invading enemy North Korean forces during the Korean War. In one aspect of this cultural history project, I juxtapose audio recordings of my parents’ recalling their childhood experiences during the war with images of restored photographs, both of which stand in stark contrast to imagery of their lives today in America and the lives of their children and grandchildren. As I’ve come to know my parents’ stories, I understand more of their own sense of courage and dislocation while moving to a completely foreign country and the way in which that sense of dislocation as well as assimilation has affected me. It is my hope that this project will lead me to a greater understanding of my own life, and why I have always felt like a perpetual immigrant caught between two worlds.
“PIECES OF THE PAST”
A collection of preserved images from a war-torn family album that survived the Korean War and was eventually recovered from a bombed house in South Korea. This album shows the lives of a Korean family before, during, and after the Korean War, eventually moving to the United States. This collection of imagery became the initial inspiration of trying to understand my family’s heritage and culture.
“A NEW CITIZEN”
A photo documentary that follows Hwayoung Shin, a recent immigrant from South Korea who came to the United States to care for her ailing mother who was stricken with Alzheimer's Disease. After her mother's passing, she makes the decision to stay in the U.S, as she attempts to learn American culture while maintaining her Korean heritage.
“PASSING OF A CHAMPION”
A Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster pioneer and champion who helped bring the Korean Martial Art to the United States has died. The Greater New York City area Tae Kwon Do community gathered one last time right before the Grandmaster’s passing.
Visual Arts Gallery in Jersey City, New Jersey
STUDENT WORK GALLERIES
This gallery includes the work of my students at Union County College, in Cranford, NJ where I teach the Introduction to Digital Imaging and the Introduction to Film Photography courses. This gallery of beginner-level student work represents images produced from in-class work assignments that introduces Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and Illustrator (first half of gallery) and also traditional 35mm film and darkroom developing and processing instruction (second half of gallery).
A gallery of past news photography and photojournalism work as a former Associated Press Staff Photographer that includes published work and coverage highlights from President Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York. Publications in this gallery include: Newsweek Magazine, Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Globe and Mail, and as seen at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and in various Pulitzer Prize photo books and publications.
This Gallery Includes Student Work and also “American Acculturation” Multimedia Presentations.
Pulitzer Winning Documentary Photographer Dan Loh is a freelance photojournalist based in New York, New York and is available for magazine, corporate, public relations (PR), and newspaper freelance assignments.