My opinion of soldiers changed from being brave and sturdy men to insignificant members of society. When any son, whoever he is or whatever he did before enrolment, puts on a military uniform, he should experience depersonalization in the army, lose his personality. I tried to take pictures of them in this ironic situation. They didn’t move even an inch when I worked. It occurred to me that I was taking picture of the dead who had already lost their existence.
(Jae-gu Kang | A Private, PRIVATE 52, pages 60-61)