“To distill a feeling you must still your feelings. But the mind is its own mirage, the desert a looking-glass. (…) Making pictures in Israel and Palestine was above all an emotional challenge. My photographs usually deal with something eternal in the landscape, but in this place the layers of history and conflict, fear and hostility, frustrated my camera. I happened to travel a lot in the West Bank, not for any political purpose, but because I liked the landscape between the cities. I tried to gaze at the land, without prejudice or judgment. I didn’t want to deal with the masks of the people and I didn’t want to put on my own mask I wanted to see it as the olive tree sees it. But I felt overwhelmed by the realities around me. I felt sad and uncomfortable much of the time, and I found myself trying to make photographs in a place I didn’t want to be. It was difficult, but looking back, I can see that it forced me to change as an artist and I am grateful for that. On my final trip, I was able to see, not only the land, but my own mind, with its uneven terrain and movements, and to touch something elemental.” ― Jungjin Lee Jungjin Lee was born in Korea and then moved to live and work in New York City.
This new, expanded edition of Unnamed Road (shot 2011 and first published by MACK in 2014) was designed by Jungjin Lee, and published on the occasion of an exhibition at GoEun Museum of Photography in Buson, South Korea.