2021 / Portfolio
City Soleil_A Grandmaster
As COVID-19 swept through the world, the carnage of over a hundred dead people of this city was a direct result of gun shots, not a pandemic. Grandmaster Jo had poured everything in his life into Taekwondo. The spirit and the virtue of Taekwondo changed the minds of the children in this city. Frantzdy, an exceptional student of his, now dreams of becoming such a grandmaster. Although this boy's reality has no promised future, the teachings of the grandmaster are engrained in his mind. Dreaming that someday he will also be someone who gives courage to another, a glimmer of hope is captured.
Urim Hong is a photographer who searches for light in the isolated world. After majoring in the humanities as well as pedagogy, he taught children for a decade and, in that process, found himself called to photography. He majored in photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently, he is leading a project for the children and orphans in Citi Soleil, a small village within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti. He was selected as Editorial Photographer of the year at the 2018 IPA, 2019 MIFA and PDNedu Awards, 2020 IPA Documentary(Editorial) winner.