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Calm photos of Pyongyang, the ultimate socialist city

Calm photos of Pyongyang, the ultimate socialist city

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Pyongyang women 01

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Pyongyang women 01
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Pyongyang women 01, 2014

North Korea is known for its fascination and terror in the same measure. Most of the world knows North Korea for its former leader Kim Jong II and the current Kim Jong Un. However, the fascinating thing about Pyongyang is its architecture.

The whole Korea was annexed by the Empire of Japan in 1910. Then, after World War II the United States took the southern half while USSR took the northern half. Each side propped its government, and there was peace for some time. However, the Northern army attacked the south in 1950. During the war that lasted for three years, the US came to the aid of the South, and literary bombed every town in Northern Korea. Pyongyang was not spared either and was almost entirely destroyed.
The city was rebuilt after the war. The main style was socialist classicism under an architect called Boris Iofan. The funds came from Moscow, technical assistance from East Germany and the manpower from China.

One of the first buildings to come up was the Kim II Sung Square which is at the heart of Pyongyang. There were a number of other Japanese-era buildings that survived the war too. The leader at the time, Kim II Sung championed for the creation of a great garden of Juche architecture in line with the new country’s ideology of self-reliance.

There were several phases of construction that touched on theater and art. The first of them was the Korean Central Historical Museum and the Korean Art Gallery, both of which had interests in new housing. Then came the Pyongyang Grand Theatre when it was time to remodel the Pyongyang streets. As construction went on, there came the Pyongyang Metro which came to completion in 1973. The other theatrical development was the series of monuments that were built in the Mansu Hill Area. The Changgwang Street was then reshaped in 1980, and the Mansudae Assembly Hall rebuilt in 1984. The assembly became the seat of leadership for the country. Other great pieces of art have been built later.

Setting the stage: Pyongyang, North Korea is a project by photographer Eddo Hartmann and Koryo Studio. Eddo captured many evocative pictures of landmarks that define the socialist city and the lives of people that live there.

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Birthday of Kim Il Sung, 2014
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Birthday of Kim Il Sung, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - View Juche Tower
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – View Juche Tower, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - The Rush Hour
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – The Rush Hour, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Statue of Kim Il Sun
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Statue of Kim Il Sung, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Stairs Juche Tower
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Stairs Juche Tower, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Schoolchildrens Palace Rocket
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Schoolchildrens Palace Rocket, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Pyongyang women 02
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Pyongyang women 02, 2014


Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Pyongyang Skyline, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Pyongyang parade
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Pyongyang parade, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Portraits of the leaders
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Portraits of the leaders, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Portrait of the Leaders - Janamsan
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Portraits of the leaders – Janamsan, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Party Foundation Monument, 2014
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Party Foundation Monument, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace, 2014
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Lobby Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang, 2014
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Lobby Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, 2014
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Kim Il Sung Stadium
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Kim Il Sung Stadium, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Kim Il Sung Square
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Kim Il Sung Square, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Guide Schoolchildrens Palace Kaeson
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Guide Schoolchildrens Palace Kaeson, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Guide Party foundation Monument
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Guide Party foundation Monument, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Guide Liberation Museum
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Guide Liberation Museum, 2014

North Korea - Setting the Stage - Pyongyang - Entrance Kim Il Sung Stadium
Eddo HartmannSetting the Stage: Pyongyang – Entrance Kim Il Sung Stadium, 2014


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Prohibited photos from world’s most isolated country

Prohibited photos from world’s most isolated country

Michal Huniewicz - North Korea - Pyongyang
Michal HuniewiczOstensibly Ordinary: Pyongyang
Inhabitants of Pyongyang commuting.

A lot of attention was recently drawn to a series of photographs taken by London-based photographer Michal Huniewicz. These photographs are somewhat prohibited as they show the real side of North Korea. Tourists who want to visit North Korea are only allowed to do so through pre-arranged tours booked via travel agencies. When they arrive, there will be tour guides who will be with them at all times throughout their stay in the country. It is quite normal for tour guides to be assigned to tourists so as to ease their movements and make the tour a worthy experience but truthfully, the main job of tour guides in North Korea is to prevent tourists from interacting with locals, to prevent them from taking pictures and keep them away from areas where there is a high rate of poverty and unhappiness. Tourists are not allowed to take photos of soldiers and there are certain places where cameras are not allowed to be used.

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Sensational photos of North Korea’s mass games

Sensational photos of North Korea’s mass games

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Andreas Gursky – Pyongyang I, 2007, c-print, 307 x 215,5cm
© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst. Courtesy: Monika Sprüth / Philomene Magers

Renowned for his large-format colour photographs charting themes of globalised society at work and play, Andreas Gursky’s production employs the digital technology to capture and refine an astounding compilation of detail on an epic scale. The perspective in many of Gursky’s photographs is drawn from an elevated vantage point. This position enables the viewer to encounter scenes, encompassing both centre and periphery, which are ordinarily beyond reach.

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German photographer visits North and South Korea

German photographer visits North and South Korea

Thomas Struth – Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007
Thomas Struth – Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007

ABOUT STRUTH’S WORKS IN KOREA

In March 2007, Thomas Struth went on a first trip to South Korea. He spent time in the two largest cities, Seoul and Busan, as well as visiting religious and cultural sites, important landscapes and shipyards. At the vast DSME shipyard on Geoje Island, one of the largest in the world, he photographed tankers under construction and an immense semi-submersible drilling rig. Struth made two further visits to South Korea in 2008 and 2010, as well as visiting Pyongyang in North Korea for the first time.

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Remarkable photos of real life in North Korea

Remarkable photos of real life in North Korea

David Guttenfelder - North Korea

David Guttenfelder - North Korea
A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea

Photographer David Guttenfelder, the chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press, took on North Korea after spending seven years taking photos in Afghanistan. He was granted more access than other photographers and could travel around more freely. His recent photos (2011) from North Korea cover something else than the Arirang Festival, which has been already shown by Andreas Gursky, Noh Suntag and many after them. Certainly most images of Guttenfelder staged in a larger context but they are still remarkable.

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Two female North Korean soldiers hold hands as they tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung at Mangyongdae, North Korea.

David Guttenfelder - North Korea
In this April 21, 2011 photo, men operate a manual rail car on tracks running along the West Sea barrage near Nampho, North Korea.

David Guttenfelder - North Korea
Children look through a subway car window in Pyongyang, North Korea

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