The Sea Women of South Korea

On the South Korean island of Jeju, a traditional way of life is gradually coming to an end. Haenyeo, or sea women, dive for conch and other creatures on the seabed, without the use of breathing equipment. Once there were many thousands of haenyeo, but now only 2,500 remain, and most are over sixty.

Photographer Hyung S Kim took a series of amazing portraits of these women. You can see more of the pictures by clicking on the image below.