War Drums and Ballet: How Hate Is Taught In South Korea

PhotographerA. Paul Estabrook
Prize2nd Place in Event / Other_ev
City/CountrySeongnam-si, Korea, Republic of
Photo Date2015/06/28
Technical InfoSony A7 w/ Elmarit 28mm
Entry Description

They bang on war drums with the word ‘homosexual’. To promote traditional beauty, ballet is performed in the street. This happens every year at the annual Pride Festival in Seoul. Though most come to celebrate a day of equality, extremists use the event to warn about the sin of homosexuality. Small children -- too young to understand the chaos -- get lost in the crowd. Others join in, relying on cues from elders. Exhausted extremists collapse, as organizers continue to chant, “Homosexuals destroy our country!” This is a portrait of how hate is taught in South Korea.

About Photographer

I'm an emerging photographer currently based in Seoul, South Korea. As a Korean-American who grew up in a rural area of Virginia, I have a unique perspective of Korean identity and its relationship to both global and regional communities. In 2016, I mentored under David Alan Harvey to further study photographic philosophy and authorship. My work has been awarded by the Magnum Photography Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, LensCulture, PDN, IPOTY, IPA, MIFA, TIFA, as well as selected for inclusion at the 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom.