Michael F. O'Brien taught art and photography at Seoul American High School, a U.S. Department Defense Dependents School, in Seoul, Korea, for thirty-four years -'63-'97. For many of those years he published SUN OVER SEOUL, a compilation of the best art and photography produced during a given year in the Art Center at SAHS.
SUN OVER SEOUL REVISITED is collaboration of photographic images taken in the ensuing years by "Mr. O'" and several of his prolific former students.
Their current occupations are as varied as their individual styles and the locale of their shoots. There are images of Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, closer to home, Hawaii`, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle, California, Washington, D.C., and under the sea.
Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea. Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera. 1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCH Published January 16, 2011
HUALALAI Published December 20, 2010
TREES Published December 20, 2010
portraits in sepia Published December 04, 2010
IN THE RABBIT HUTCH Published November 29, 2010
BEAUTIFUL IRELAND Published November 28, 2010
big island flowers Published July 11, 2010
sepia in my garden Published July 05, 2010