Central Pyongyang At Dusk
The New York Times’ Lens blog profiles David Guttenfelder, an AP photographer who is the only Westerner able to shoot in North Korea on a regular basis.
Guttenfelder’s work is a part of “Window on North Korea,” a photography exhibit taking place in New York City that places images by AP photographers next to those taken by Korea State Media (KCNA) photographers.
Via the New York Times:
[The show] has some of the best of the North Korea images by Mr. Guttenfelder and his A.P. colleagues.
But the photos by the KCNA are most telling. They are highly idealized images: everyone is well fed, and smiling. The workers are heroic and the leaders have a heavenly glow. There are no traces of the hunger, hardships and repression that exist in North Korea. They may be propaganda but they do provide insight into how the North Korean government officials want — and need — their people to see their country.
A slideshow of images from the exhibit is available at the Lens blog.
Image: Central Pyongyang At Dusk by David Guttenfelder, AP. Via the New York Times.