The Pink & Blue Mission (2005 – ongoing) is a three-part sequence of photos created with the intention to discover gender stereotypes by the use of coloration.
Yoon photographed younger girls and boys she met in New York, New Jersey, and South Korea. Some of her topics have been the youngsters of pals and others she met randomly, typically on the subway in New York.
To arrange for the photoshoot, Yoon would spend as much as to eight hours within the kid’s bed room arranging their objects. Smaller objects have been positioned to the entrance, bigger within the again. Garments have been held on the wall utilizing Scotch tape.
Hojune, above, photographed along with his blue issues in Seoul in 2007.
Hojune, photographed once more in 2011, as half of the Pink & Blue Mission II. Yoon revisited her unique topics a 3rd time in 2015 for the newest installment of the sequence.
Twins Lauren and Carolyn photographed in New York in 2006.
Yoon was intentional together with her topics, positioning every baby within the heart of a sea of monochromatic stuff like small buoys.
Yoon explains that the sisters additional diverged in coloration choice as they grew older. Above, the twins at dwelling in 2015.
Yoon was impressed to create the sequence when her daughter, age 5, insisted on an all-pink uniform. Yoon encountered this phenomenon in kids throughout all nations.
Yoon spent 15 to 30 minutes photographing every baby, typically longer with breaks. “The subjects’ expressions and poses are very important elements in my pictures,” Yoon explains. “I ask each model to sustain a blank, neutral expression to underline an ‘objectification’ of each child.'”
Yoon used a 6×6 medium format Hasselblad digital camera. She used 5 rolls of movie for every shoot, typically extra for youthful kids who had hassle staying nonetheless.
With every iteration of the sequence, Yoon observed a looser affiliation of coloration with gender. However, she says, the elemental coloration coding typically stays.
As Yoon describes, the third installment of The Pink & Blue Mission is “the culmination of a decade-long investigation of color coding as associated with gender.” Above, Tess in 2006.
Tess, three years later, at dwelling in New York in 2009.