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Southern Salt

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Salt trolleys wait to be pushed along tracks.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Salt trolleys wait to be pushed along tracks.

 

Southern Salt, photo essay by Andrew Faulk

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Natural patterns formed by crystallizing salt.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Natural patterns formed by crystallizing salt.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Korean men shovel salt.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Korean men shovel salt.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Salt houses store the product that has been used for cultural ceremony, architecture, clothing and even military purposes.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Salt houses store the product that has been used for cultural ceremony, architecture, clothing and even military purposes.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Worker moves salt in an evaporation pond.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Worker moves salt in an evaporation pond.


Once known for salt production, the sun burnt islands of Sinan County are now recognized as the slave islands of South Korea. Five times in the last ten years cases involving the disabled have been raised and in 2015, fifty Korean salt farm owners and regional job brokers were indicted on crimes involving modern day slavery. Despite the indictments, the production of South Korean salt and the treatment of those who produce it remains questionable. Southern Salt offers a glimpse into Korean salt production. (Andrew Faulk)

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Salt circles.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Salt circles.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Workers clear crystallization ponds under intense sun.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Workers clear crystallization ponds under intense sun.

 

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Workers clear evaporation ponds.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Workers clear evaporation ponds.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. The reclaimed mudflat ground, dries and cracks near the salt reservoirs.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. The reclaimed mudflat ground, dries and cracks near the salt reservoirs.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Elderly Korean stands with his shovel near an evaporation pond.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Elderly Korean stands with his shovel near an evaporation pond.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Salt crystalizing.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Salt crystalizing.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA - April 2015. Straddling the line between nature and culture, the sun sets over the salterns of Sinan County.

SINAN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA – April 2015. Straddling the line between nature and culture, the sun sets over the salterns of Sinan County.

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