Korea’s Sea Women: Doing The Work Of The Dead In The Land Of The Living

 

Photographer and Art Director Mijoo Kim is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From her project ‘The Mother of the Sea‘   To see Mijoo’s body of work click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The subjects reflected in my work are called “Haenyo, literally meaning “sea women” in Korean. These women have a century-old history of making their own living by catching oysters, sea cucumbers, abalones, sea urchins, and squids. They hold their breaths for over two minutes and dive to depth of twenty meters without using any diving equipment.

Being a Haenyo is certainly not meant to be for the weak; hence the saying in Korea, “Haenyos do the work of the dead in the land of the living.” The Mother of the Sea Series captures the work and portrait of haenyos to express how I view this job.

 

 

 

 

 

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By Mijoo Kim

 

 

 

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