HYUNG S KIM
"Feminist quiz question of the day: Where in the world has a society existed since the 17th century in which women do all the work and the men take care of home and childcare? Google “haenyeo divers” and you’ll find that just such an impressive cultural economy exists in the Jeju coastal area of South Korea, where the “Amazons of Asia”
dive for valuable shellfish without breathing apparatuses well into their eighties."
Sarah Mower - vogue.com
The inspiration for Kim’s series of portraits stems from his visit to
Jeju Island in 2012, where he was captivated by
the haenyeo and the power, resilience and unique physical
performance used in their daily lives.
He chose to photograph them in their most natural state,
showing the divers emerging from the sea, exhausted and wet
after the long hours spent diving.
The photographs are intended to show the haenyeo,
not as relics, nor trophies, but as beautiful
and strong portraits of working people
Image: Kim Julja © Hyung S Kim
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