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North Korea's Hidden World

by Emily Schnobrich 


Tags: Politics, North Korea, photography, photo essay, Tomas van Houtryve, Foreign Policy,

Land of No SmilesSometimes words and numbers just don’t do the trick. While most of us know about North Korea’s long-standing conflict with South Korea, and its strict policy of isolation, these realities are far more arresting through the lens of Tomas van Houtryve’s covert camera. In his photo essay “The Land of No Smiles,” which appears in Foreign PolicyHoutryve exposes the people and landscapes of North Korea during “stark glimmers of everyday life.” Deserted streets and smudged human faces in the dark of a subway train are interspersed with a few of Houtryve’s verbal observations on his trip through the capital city. So forget reading for a minute and just try glancing through Houtryve’s photos without understanding more than you bargained for about this country so far from our own.

Source: Foreign Policy

marke.
6/18/2009 2:00:38 AM

North country has been put into controversy with the issue of o American journalists were sentenced to twelve years in the North Korea Labor Camps.Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both of whom maintain that their crossing into North Korea was unintentional were both handed stiff sentences, from which no fast cash will secure bail, and they were said to commit "grave crimes" which warranted sentencing to the gulag. Trials in North Korea are said to be kangaroo courts, and Laura's sister, Lisa Ling, has pled for clemency. The regime of Kim Jong Il is known for a totalitarian personality cult, and cash loans do not bring people back from North Korea labor camps – over 20% of detainees routinely perish. For more info visit: http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/06/08/north-korea-labor-camps-ling/