Oral history interview with Johsel Namkung, 1989 Oct. 5-1991 Feb. 25
Namkung, Johsel, 1919-
Lau, Alan Chong
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Transcript: 74 p.
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 37 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Johsel Namkung conducted 1989 Oct. 5-1991 Feb. 25, by Alan Chong Lau (1989) and David Takami (1991), in Seattle, Wash., for the Archives of American Art Northwest Asian American Project. Namkung discusses his family background and the effect of living under Japanese occupation in Korea; U.S. immigration in the late 1940's; studies in music; his determination to become a photographer, early color photography, his philosophy as a photographer; and the Asian American community in Seattle. Namkung recalls Paul Horiuchi, Mark Tobey, George Tsutakawa and Chao-Chen Yang.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Johsel Namkung, 1989 Oct. 5-1991 Feb. 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line
Location of Originals:
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Johsel Namkung (1919- ) is a photographer from Seattle, Wash.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001