North Korea from a Western Perspective

North Korea from a Western Perspective

After working to get permission to bring a camera into North Korea for over a year, Charlie Crane finally did make his trip, camera in hand, back in 2007. Cell phone confiscated and accompanied by two 'guides' throughout his stay, Crane knew he wouldn't get what he necessarily hoped to get. So he did the next best thing and shot exactly what they wanted him to. The resulting images are an astonishing work that launched his career into the spotlight.
This work was published in Crane's book, Welcome to Pyonyang, first published in 2007.

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this is phenomenal. i love projects like this because it shows the beauty of things we are supposed to view as not beautiful, and also serves as an educational too.

Excellent series of images.....the emotional desolation and the regimes attempts to stifle the human spirit come through here in a way that the written word often fails.

MY heart feels as if its hurts after seeing their expressions. Their eyes have something else to say. the times I feel I am lucky to be born in this country and one who can live a decent lifestyle.

I doubt they'll feel it. There has nothing to compair from their media

they live a decent lifestyle, just not under your standards. I would like to compare these photos to ones taken in Detroit and we would see the difference

It looks like post zombie-apocalypse (after the cleanup of course) and maybe the straight-faced people are the remaining zombies?

wow! Just look at N.Korea ! How simply clean and simplistic it looks - like no one roams or streets or so!
Fantastic photographs

You know whats happening over there right??

Well that's that decided. I'll be staying at home this summer then...

im not exactly sure what is meant by this... im sure it's in humor, but it would make me sad to think this would discourage you from getting out of your country. Even with the negative in many places in the world, the positives are there if you look hard enough (i suppose this is more true as a tourist or traveller opposed to being "stuck" in certain places
).

Don't take yourself so seriously jniz22. Chis made a very witty comment.

Excellent reportage photography, by the way.

Exactly why I said ... Im sure this in humor as a disclaimer. Your average American would have said that sincerely. Sorry :)

It's a good job I'm English then, jniz22, birthplace of the art of being facetious. :-P

Ahhhhh England... I have heard of this city... You guys win this round although, I will say sarcasm, accents and inflection are often lost in text:p. all aside, these images are intriguing and I'd love to know more of
The methodology.

wait a minute... we have exactly the same Subway Trains from the late 60s/early 70s in Munich, only they are white+blue. No mistake!

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