29 images Created 3 Sep 2012
Follow a centuries-old tradition: they dive without tanks in Korean waters, in summer or winter, bringing ashore a variety of seafood. Backbreaking work already for a man, but on the windy island of Jeju, South Korea's southern appendix, the task belongs to the "haenyo." Women-siren forged by physical effort and pride in their profession, often handed down from their mothers. A poetic figure, which unfortunately is slowly going into extinction: the new generations do not get the most current parts and haenyo all have more than 50 years, some almost 80. But still able to remain in apnea for a few minutes.