Shops in the DPRK represent a picture of desolation. Photo by Kernbeisser
North Korea, being a hermit kingdom, is about as well photographed as inside a turtle’s shell. Or not. I recently Metafiltered upon a collection of photos from the real North Korea, not the pastiche of monuments and monumental bullshit that state minders take the very few tourists to. These are a lot of photos from cars, but very interesting. There are propaganda murals, with people fixing their ancient bikes in the foreground. There are women carting rocks to make roads. There are a lot of carts, actually. In hindsight, though there were roads, I saw zero cars. One thing that’s striking is the cold desolation of the place. The hills are bare, the walls are bare, the roads are empty. Quite eerie photography.
Factory, Chonnae County. Photo by Kernbeisser
For a more somehow ordinary ‘tourist’ view of North Korea, this Vice travel guide is also interesting.