David Guttenfelder’s work in 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 Festival1, 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.
Photojournalist David Guttenfelder offers a glimpse inside North Korea’s tightly controlled society, where the truth is rarely simple.
Photos: Life in Pyongyang
David Guttenfelder – A North Korean teacher holds open a children’s pop-up book, which depicts a U.S. soldier killing a Korean woman with a hatchet, in a library room at Kaeson Kindergarten in central Pyongyang on Saturday, March 9, 2013. For North Koreans, the systematic indoctrination of anti-Americanism starts as early as kindergarten.
David Guttenfelder – A North Korean soldier stands against a complex of high rise apartment buildings in the Mansudae district downtown Pyongyang on July 21, 2013. The country is preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War
David Guttenfelder – A North Korean soldier guarding the entrance to Pyongyang’s Kumsusan mausoleum, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, looks back through the doors of the main gate Monday, April 15, 2013
David Guttenfelder – A statue known as the Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification, which symbolizes the hope for eventual reunification of the two Koreas, arches over a highway at the edge of Pyongyang, North Korea
David Guttenfelder – A video shows the liftoff of the North Korean Unha-2 rocket to launch the Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite into space, on a screen inside a hall at the Three Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea
David Guttenfelder – A shadow of the 170-meter (560-foot) Juche Tower is cast over the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea. The tall structure at top right is the Ryugyong Hotel, its exterior only recently completed, despite construction starting in 1987.
David Guttenfelder – In this April 13, 2011 photo, people work on library computers at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is undergoing a digital revolution of sorts, even as it holds some of the strictest cyberspace policies in the world
Photos: Arirang Mass Games, Pyongyang
Photos: Military parade
David Guttenfelder – North Korean civilians wave pink and red artificial flowers and chant “Kim Jong Un” on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang during a mass military parade to mark its 70th anniversary as a nation
Photos: Rest of North Korea
All images by David Guttenfelder/davidguttenfelder.com unless otherwise noted.
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