On January 25th 2013, Samsung Electronics reported a record high $187.9 billion in revenue along with $22.25 billion in operating profit. Beneath the shadow of these glorious figures, however, there are people who suffer from incurable disease. They are semiconductor workers from Samsung Electronics.
According to SHARPS, a NGO which has been supporting these workers since 2007, 181 people have suffered potentially fatal diseases such as cancer, leukemia, and brain tumors. So far 69 of those people have died.
Some of these victims are struggling to prove their illness is industry related. Unfortunately only a few of them got compensated from the government.
Yet the victims of these injustices do not give into despair. On the line of life and death they are willing to share their pains and struggles with the world, to fight for the compensation they deserve, and to protect their families and colleagues from unnecessary sacrifice.
This project is meant to illuminate the dignity of those affected and to bring awareness to their circumstance; to help give them the voice they deserve.
Since the beginning of my photography, I have always tried to bear witness to the world as I see it with my camera. Whenever I capture a moment, a bit of life on the street, or an event, I ask myself, ‘Why does the world exist in this way?’ ‘Why are there sorrow, agony and conflict?’ Photography is my tool to understand the world.
The more I take pictures, the more I consider my work, the more my camera gradually becomes a passport into the lives of others. Different questions begin to occur to me, ‘How should I react to reality?’ ‘What should I do with my photography?’ I began to realize that I must take great social and moral responsibility as a photojournalist and as a person.
Ultimately, I want my photography to draw people's attentions to unseen realities and show them why this world has to change. To photograph is to witness, to gather the world around us in to fragments of moments within the frame. I believe that those fragments have voices, very small voices, but sometimes they resonate with our minds and provoke something emotional and mental deep inside our souls.
To license this work for editorial, creative, or other uses, click on the OZMO logo above.
This will take you to the Ozmo website where you can review the cost and license for the photographs in this exhibit.
You will need to create an account with both Amazon payments and with the Ozmo website as described on the Ozmo website.
+9178387448 / +821092871959