A White House banner is seen after an election watch event on November 9, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. (Korea Times Photo/Wonsuk Choi)

Wonsuk Choi

Seoul, SOUTH KOREA

Wonsuk Choi is a photojournalist and photo editor at The Korea Times, nation’s first English newspaper founded in 1950 during the Korean War. Before joining the newspaper, Choi also worked as a photojournalist with AFP and St. Joseph News-Press in Missouri.

Choi spent 10 years in the United States, graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Photography from Ohio University.  For his master’s project, Choi examined the effects on lives of people affected by the building of the Nelsonville bypass in Southwest Ohio.

After returning to South Korea, Choi joined The Korea Times as a staff photojournalist.

Over the past 8 years, Choi covered various news events as presidential election, 2019 North Korea-United States Hanoi Summit.

Between July and September 2019, Choi was in Hong Kong four times to document the democracy protests, capturing some of the most dangerous moments as protesters clashed with police.

But above all, Choi believes in local journalism and finds a lot of joy telling life stories of ordinary citizens in small neighbourhoods.

Members of North Korean defector groups handle giant balloons containing anti-Pyongyang leaflets as they are about to send them up in the air from Paju, Gyeonggi Province, June 4, 2016. (Korea Times Photo/Wonsuk Choi)
Children play with toy guns near US 33 in Nelsonville, Ohio. 

"A good picture can bring peace."

Wonsuk Choi
A protester throws back a tear gas canister during the demonstration outside the Central Government Offices on Harcourt Road during a protest in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong, China, Aug. 5, 2019. (Korea Times Photo/Wonsuk Choi)
Protesters at Kowloon Ferry Terminal and West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, July 7. Chinese letters on the cross read “Go to hell, despot Carrie Lam” and “The god and people are altogether angry.” (Korea Times Photo/Wonsuk Choi)