Photojournalist Kim Chonkil dies
SEOUL, South Korea — Former Associated Press photojournalist Kim Chonkil, whose images captured South Korea’s turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy, has died. He was 89.
Kim covered South Korea for the AP for nearly 40 years until leaving the company in 1987, a period during which the country rose from the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War into an Asian industrial power and a full-fledged democracy following a bloody struggle against dictatorship.
Kim will be remembered for one of the most iconic photos in South Korea’s history — a May 1961 photo of Gen. Park Chung-hee in an army cap and sunglasses, observing a march of military cadets in the capital, Seoul, two days after seizing power in a coup.
Kim is survived by his wife and three children.