Jeju Haenyeo Exhibition

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A haenyeo is a woman diver who gathers products for a living, and Jeju is home to the largest number of them in Korea. The women have received a considerable amount of attention around the globe. The haenyeo symbolize Jeju women - with their unyielding spirit they played a leading role booting the Jeju economy by working all over the country. Jeju Haenyeo is intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey stayed in Jeju for about a month and continued to be inspired by haenyeo every day.

David Alan Harvey (June 6, 1944) is an American Photographer. Harvey is based in North Carolina and New York City and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1967. He has photographed extensively for National Geographic magazine, and in 1978 was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. Harvey is publisher and editor of Burn Magazine, an online publication featuring the work of emerging photographers.

Photographer’s Afterword: “I was amazed every morning by these strong willed women It’s clearly hard physical work and yet the women seem happy and are constantly joking and laughing with each other…. I stayed in Jeju for about a month and continued to be inspired by haenyeo everyday. I wanted to give very special and humble thank you to all haenyeo who made me feel at home. I came to admire their resilience, free spirit, sense of humor, and warmth. These women divers showed me a whole new world. Bobbing around out there in the frigid Pacific on their little foam floats and then kicking down without oxygen tanks to pick up a few abalones of the ocean floor was simply something to witness. I was so honored to be in their presence.”



from December 08, 2017 to December 22, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-12-08 from 18:00

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From 10:00 To 17:00
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