DARK CITIES Trilogy (DCT), inaugural winner of the FIRST DRAFT Award by THEBOOKSHOW, is a series of three books of photographs re-imagining fringe spaces in the metropoles of Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. CARPARK, first in the series, investigates the nocturnal meanderings of a dark multi-storey carpark in Singapore. CAPSULE, the second book, revisits a futuristic tower in Ginza built in the 1970s, through the imagined eyes and mind of its architect. The third book EULJIRO is a lost and found diary of a fading iconic Seoul district, once a symbol of the country’s modernization.
About the artist Shyue Woon (b.1975), trained as an Architect, uses photography as a tool to explore subtext in the built environment. In his daily practice as an architect, he turns aspirations and dreams into constructible reality. At night, he reverses the process – deconstructing reality and spaces into fiction and figments of imagination.
Shyue Woon’s debut photobook “Dark Cities” won the inaugural First Draft Award by THEBOOKSHOW. Woon was also selected as an artist in Mt Rokko International Photography Festival Emerging Photographers Showcase 2016 and his work has been exhibited in Turkey, Japan, Ukraine, Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore. His works were also selected for +50, a collective for Singapore's Photographers; and “Thank you, Mr Lee” (2015), a book tribute to late LKY.
DARK CITIES Trilogy｜Shyue Woon｜148 x 210mm (each)｜3 hardcover books in one folder (Carpark, Capsule and Euljiro)｜100 Pages for each volume, 4C x 4C finishing, exposed thread sewn, silkscreen black on 3 edges, white screen x white silkscreen (folder)｜Language: English, Korean and Japanese | Edition of 300 | Published by Shyue Woon, co-published by Invisible Photographer Asia｜2018