Remarkable photos of real life in North Korea

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

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.

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David Guttenfelder - North Korea
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

David Guttenfelder - North Korea
A girl plays the piano inside the Changgwang Elementary School, in Pyongyang, North Korea

David Guttenfelder - Three charters for National Reunification
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 - Pyongyang metro
Commuters walk through a subway station in Pyongyang, North Korea

David Guttenfelder - Unha 2
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 - Juche Tower Taedong River Pyongyang
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.

Video

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder offers a glimpse inside North Korea’s tightly controlled society, where the truth is rarely simple.

11min 31sec

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arirang_Festival
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