Only a few photographers have ever got a chance to explore the real North Korea. Photographer Eric Lafforgue is one of those lucky ones. He said, ” Since 2008, I have ventured to North Korea six times. Thanks to digital memory cards, I was able to save photos that I was forbidden to take or was told to delete by the minders.” Lafforgue was more interested to capture the real domestic glimpse of the land and the people of North Korea, instead of only revealing the truth beyond its facade. Eric was treated as an ordinary tourist and the North Koreans didn’t allow him to take photographs of police, army, etc. But he did it with the help of 30mm zoom lens while sitting in the back seat of the bus.
When he returned back in 2012 from his 6th trip to North Korea, the government came to know about Eric that he was sharing photos online. They asked him to turn down the photos, he said “I refused as I show all the aspects of North Korea: the good and the bad. Just like I do in any country I visit. I refused to make an exception for North Korea and they didn’t like this.” But after that, the government banned his entry into North Korea. The best part is to know that the North Korean people are very generous, really curious about the tourists, and warm people.
#1. The soldiers of North Korea help the local farmers without expecting any gain.
#2. This tired soldier who slept in the field.
#3. The black market is strictly banned in North Korea, and grey market vendors are quite common. They earn their living by selling cigarettes and sweets in exchange for little money.
#4. On the day of Kimjongilia festival, thousands of citizens queued up to see various monuments.
#5. The government carefully selects the houses and the families who live in the rural areas, but still, things like a bathroom used as a cistern portray the hard times faced by those people.
#6. The peasants in Pyongyang are still not very used to seeing the widespread cars. Kids are still playing on streets the way they used to when there were no cars on the main avenue.
#7. Public transport is nearly nonexistent that connects to the main towns. In order to travel from one place to another, citizens require a proper permit. Soldiers were seen hitchhiking on the highways.