Monday, April 20, 2009

World's Last Gulag, N. Korea: The Land of No Smiles

Renowned documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve entered North Korea by posing as a businessman looking to open a chocolate factory. Despite 24-hour surveillance by North Korean minders, he took arresting photographs of Pyongyang and its people—images rarely captured and even more rarely distributed in the West. They show stark glimmers of everyday life in the world’s last gulag.

When van Houtryve approached North Koreans, they walked off or averted their eyes. He never once photographed a smile. Even children ran away from him. “They’d turn and notice me and immediately bolt off—as if a wolf had come up to them."

~Foreign Policy

2 Comments:

At 4/20/2009 10:39 AM, Blogger Colin said...

Many many more illicit pics of North Korea here:

http://vienna-pyongyang.blogspot.com/

 
At 4/20/2009 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just ridiculous. North Korea is just "progressive", like Cuba or Tibet.

Just give president Obama time to apologize and all this will be straightened out.

 

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