sébastien cuvelier

paradise city
kuck elei
eunma town
instant star
gypsy queens



Eunma Town Eunma Town book Eunma Town exhibition

The series

Chasing the Korean dream through an iconic Seoul apartment complex

In the 1970s, as people from all over South Korea moved to Seoul, the 28 buildings of the newly erected Eunma Town apartment complex welcomed many families with dreams of a better life.

Less than 50 years later, South Korea is one of the richest countries in the world after an unprecedented economic miracle. Despite its decrepit walls, Eunma Town is still in the top 10 of the most expensive places to live in South Korea due to its sheer location, in the epicenter of South Korea’s thriving private education industry.

Eunma Town is a symbol of hope, where dreams of tomorrow triggered by today’s economic power mix with dreams of yesteryear still lingering in its deteriorating walls.

The book

Self-published, 2015
ISBN 978-99959-0-163-9
Hardcover, clothbound, 23x17.5 cm, 144 pages
Photographs by Sébastien Cuvelier
Texts in English and Korean by Sébastien Cuvelier and Sujong Song
Design by Sébastien Cuvelier and Christophe Peiffer
Edition of 500

Limited edition: 10 copies signed and numbered 1 to 10, placed in a box made of Korean hanji paper, each calligraphed by Byunghyun Nam (Eunma Town resident). The box also contains an original calligraphy and a signed 22.5x15cm fine art print of an unpublished photograph.

Available at:

- Paris: Colette, L'Ecume des Pages, Librairie Yvon Lambert, Librairie Le 29, Le Plac'Art Photo
- Brussels: Hors Format, Tipi Bookshop
- Liège: Livre aux Trésors
- Cologne: Buchhandlung Walther König
- Luxembourg: Galerie Nosbaum & Reding
- Seoul: Parrk

Buy it online here

Dedicated website: www.eunmatown.com


Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg (LU), Sep 2015
European Month of Photography, Etat des Lieux (group show), Luxembourg, May 2019

Reviews & interviews

- Littor, Feb 2017 | web
- M Le Monde, Jan 2017 | print | web
- Dérivations, Sep 2016 | print
- Urbanautica, Apr 2016 | web
- Polka, Mar 2016 | print
- SBS, Feb 2016 | web
- Lensculture, Jan 2016 | web
- Actuphoto, Dec 2015 | web
- Kyunghyang Shinmun, Nov 2015 | web
- Paperjam, Sep 2015 | web
- Archiduc, Sep 2015 | web
- Bold, Sep 2015 | web


- RTBF Musiq3, Orient, adolescence et utopies with Philippe Marczewski, May 2016

Awards and selections

- Photobooks of the year, part II, Lensculture, 2015
- Eunma Town was shortlisted for the Kassel Fotobook Dummy Award 2016 and has been exhibited at Fotobookfestival Beijing, Fotoleggendo (Rome), PhotoIreland (Dublin), Fotogalleriet (Oslo), Organ Vida Festival (Zagreb), Encontros da Imagem (Braga), Photobook Week Aarhus (Galleri Imag), IED (Madrid), Format Festival (Derby)