Hyung S. Kim is an professional photographer based in Seoul, Korea. Kim received his degree in Photography at Seoul Institute of the Arts. His work has been feautured in New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, Artsy, the Korea Times, and Nők Lapja Café.
For hundreds of years, women in the South Korean island province of Jeju have made their living harvesting seafood by hand from the ocean floor. Known as haenyeo, or sea women, they use no breathing equipment, although a typical dive might last around two minutes and take them as deep as ten metres underwater. Their diving gear consists of old-fashioned headlight-shaped scuba masks, which, if you ask us could definitely make a comeback.
Hyung S. Kim visited the surviving Haenyeo to document the tradition and the feminine power that the eldery women embody—the youngest of the Haenyeo that Kim photographed was 38 and the oldest was in her nineties.
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