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Philippe Chancel & Eerie North Korea – A look behind the curtain

Philippe Chancel’s photographs from North Korea are simply remarkable. Chancel joins the ranks of the few photographers in the world that have actually managed to document the impenetrable nation of North Korea. For more than half a century, this enigma of a country has been the personification of a rogue state; North Korea is …

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North Korea’s Mansudae Art Studio & their overseas projects

North Korea’s art export Artwork from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has always been a trademark for modern socialist realism. Although North Korea is well known for being the most secretive nation in the world, the largely unknown nation is certainly not shy when it comes to publicizing their statues, monuments, grand festivals, and …

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Oliver Wainwright in North Korea – Pyongyang interiors & bizarre colors

Kitsch and retro interiors in North Korea Oliver Wainwright North Korean Interiors documents the unique architecture and the interiors of various regions of North Korea and its capital Pyongyang. Not many photographers get the opportunity to explore this isolated country owing to its closed state; however, Wainwright took the opportunity and ran with it. The …

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Eddo Hartmann’s Setting the Stage – North Korea in calm photos

Despite being a highly secretive state, documentary images of North Korea have somehow managed to seep into the mainstream media in recent years. Those outsiders who have been granted access to the country are usually afforded limited freedom. As a result, the images they sneak out of the region typically are of totalitarian dictatorship, …

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