New Photographs from Inside North Korea


With the escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, a highly intense geopolitical standoff has gripped the attention of the world and centered the focus of several photo journalists on North Korea. Isolated, reclusive, and highly militarized, the mystery and intrigue of North Korea rises due to the highly controlled, censored images that are typically released. Amidst the threats of a nuclear strike, the U.S. focuses their attention on the ruling party and leaders of the North Korean military.

A totalitarian, highly controlled state, it is difficult to gauge many aspects of life for the North Korean people, especially with the torrent of propaganda that is released from the government depicting a perfect life for the population. Thanks to a Sony International photography contest, and several other photographers who were granted access to shoot in North Korea, we are left with fascinating visual images, including some that help to deconstruct the life of an ordinary citizen.

Photographer below: Christian Åslund


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Photographer below: Christopher Morris

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Photographer below: Tomas van Houtryve



Photographer below and lead image: Ilya Pitalev

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Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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