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An Intimate Look at North Korean Life (27 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle » Travel   13 Apr 2015   / 10592 views

Eric Lafforgue is the photographer behind these revealing photos of life in North Korea and it is amazing to see.


Without electricity, daily life would look bad. So they wanted it deleted

Bathing in the river is common and portrays poverty.

Subways double as a bomb shelter.

Children working and collecting materials outside, an image North Korea forbids as it depicts poverty.

They even work outside in the fields during hard, economic times.

Cars are new to the region and pretty rare, which is why children still play in the streets.

Depictions of wealth are forbidden.

A street vendor outside. The government requested Lafforgue not to use flash, saying it would scare the people.

A rural bathroom’s cistern shows austere life in the country.

Public transportation is rare and underdeveloped, so you’ll even see soldiers hitchhiking.

The government forbids pictures of soldiers relaxing.

Pictures of malnutrition are banned.

Worker safety, what's that?

The government allows photos of the animals performing, but not the crowd watching. Maybe because soldiers make up the whole audience.

Shopping at supermarkets is reserved for the elite. Even then, the selection is barren, although the stores still stock Evian.

Depictions of homelessness is forbidden.

Pictures of statues from behind are forbidden.

The government does not allow pictures of its army.

North Korea presents a strong image of the army to its citizens. Having its soldiers do menial labor goes against this image.

North Koreans required to attend various monuments during the Kimjongilia festival, a festival for flowers named after former dictator Kim Jong-il.

A grey market exists in the carts that sell candy or cigarettes.

Officials attempt to maintain building exteriors, but even then, life looks bleak.

Brooms are never to be placed at the base of official statues.

People pick grass from the park for food and North Korea hates that image.

Photos of anything that doesn't work are forbidden. Here, riders push a broken bus.

Power outages are common. When they happen, such as in this art gallery, officials blame the American embargo.

North Korea didn’t like the image that a soldier sleeping in public presented to the world.

Comments (9):

owl131 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
you simply can't imagine that those people of north korea believe everything they're told. even those hilarious fakes like "NK first at the olympics" etc.

there must be a way to let those people get to know the "real" world, not their fake one!
Bongfuhrer 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Unless the people of North Korea revolt against their leader, there's nothing the world can do to make it change.
You've seen the resault of USAs interventions in lots of countries, they all fall to pieces. They only goes from bad to worse..
ArxFerrum 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
When we do intervene, we have a bad habit of going halfway and then diving out the backdoor. We did it in the Nam and in Iraq... which leaves all our fallen as lives wasted by a brick-headed bureaucracy.
nohelpneeded 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Blame the anti-war protesters not America. Going half-assed is 100% on liberals who commit to going then complain about everything. If you go in, you go in 100% for the win. Collateral damage is going to happen in war and it actually makes future wars less likely. Since 'Nam the US has worried more about collateral damage than winning; a fact that enemies exploit to prolong and eventually "win". ISIS is emboldened by this and until our desire to win is greater than their desire to do harm, it will always be this way.

People confuse democracy with freedom just like they confuse opportunity with entitlement.
ArxFerrum 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"People confuse democracy with freedom just like they confuse opportunity with entitlement."

Yes, this happens as well.
nefus 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
This article is a repeat from a few months ago.
channax 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
A'murica, let's give then some DEMOCRACY ... drop the BOMB ! ! !

btw, you're right, captain nefus.
Bongfuhrer 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
USA don't got democracy, USA got capitalism. Very big difference..
ArxFerrum 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Democracy, capitalism, socialism... whatever. Conceptually, all are... in their own ways worthy but in application, all are always corrupted from the marbled halls of power.

History of Humanity 101 - Trust no one in government.