TOKYO-2020 People / Children

I Will Be A Violinist

  • Prize
    Bronze in People/Children
  • Photographer
    Urim Hong
  • Agency / Studio
  • Technical Info
    Leicamp, 35mm, 1/125, F2, Iso 640
  • Photo Date

As City Soleil Project made progress, I began to wonder what one can actually do to make change for the children in this little village where hope and despair coexisted. With musicians from Kansas City who were visiting to support the children, we initiated humbly and it did not take long to see a great crowd of children gathered at the door of the music school. Wipi was one of the kids who enrolled in the music school. Her love for music was intense. “What is your dream?” I asked. She answered confidently, “I will be a violinist.” I believe this answer will one day bring Hope to this land.

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, 2022 IPA Documentary(Editorial) winner.