A Special Mention in the Prix Nuits Photographiques 2015 was awarded toRomain Champalaune for his work on the capitalist extremes in Korea, entitled “Samsung Galaxy”, Samsung is known globally in the field of electronics and has almost eighty subsidiaries. Samsung is present at all stages of Korean life, from the cradle to the grave. Today we will find out about this winning film and interview the winner. L’Oeil de la Photographie : Can you tell us about the genesis of this project ? Romain Champalaune : In our society, big business has sometimes become more powerful than the state. Corporatism has seeped in all aspects of daily life. In many countries it is diffuse but in South Korea, a small country of fifty million people, it manifests itself in a very visible way. In wanting to deconstruct the close relations that exist between the industrial conglomerates (chaebols) and the Korean state, I decided to concentrate on the most important of them: Samsung. I first went to South Korea in December 2013 to look for locations and conduct interviews. I also was...
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