With a generous sponsorship of Samsung Turkey, I was able to spend five weeks in Istanbul…I photographed some rarely visited ruins in and around Istanbul, and printed eleven new images as a part of the larger Naked City Spleen series.
Miru Kim has been doing nude photographic work since 2004. She sets most of her shoots amid the ruins of the world’s major cities. She has received acclaim for art as a representation of the tenacity of life within ruin.
She also uses it as ‘therapy’ to overcome an obsessive compulsive disorder.
My work in general involves getting over my fears that are deeply embedded since childhood: Fear of darkness, fear of dangerous activities in general, and fear of dirt – I had a considerable obsessive compulsive disorder as a child, the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
Here is an interview with Miru Kim:
You can see more of her photographs, which have also been displayed at several galleries here in Korea, on her website, MiruKim.com.
Sulukule, Istanbul, Turkey
Demolition Zone, Moraenae, Seoul, Korea
New York’s Manhattan Bridge