In Hangul, 삼 (Sam) is “three” and 한 (Han) is “great (one).” Samhan (or the Three Hans) refers to three ancient kingdoms of Korea, Gogoryeo, Baekje and Silla, which together compose the area of present day South Korea.
Samhan examines a different Korea than the youth and appearance-driven society seen at first glance. The unfiltered ambiance and limited scope of disposable cameras preserves these subjects in their raw, immediate state. The Korea they hail from may be hidden, but for those who look, it is never further than the nearest corner. These images capture the unpolished fringe of an otherwise highly polished culture that belies the reality of its sweat-of-the-brow roots and glosses over the grittiest generation.