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Haunting Photos of North Korea from Western Photographer

By fotosiamo on August 11th 2012

Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane
Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane


It took a year for him to obtain the clearance to visit the country, but in 2007, North Korea granted photographer Charlie Crane limited access to photograph the country. Of course, his visit was limited to just the tourist sites in the capital city Pyongyang. The officials confiscated his mobile phone upon arrival and assigned two guides who stayed with him for the entire trip.

Despite these strict limitations, what Charlie was able to photograph in North Korea is still haunting in its stark desolation. You can almost hear the silence in each photograph. It is truly a remarkable set of images of a country that was once described as “Stalinist Disneyland.”

Charlie’s first book Welcome to Pyongyang was produced in conjunction with Nicholas Bonner of Koryo Tours and was published in the spring of 2007 by Chris Boot.

You can also see more of his photos on Behance.net and on Charlie’s website.



Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane

Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane

Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane

Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane

Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane



Thanks to Fstoppers for the link!

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Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

5 Comments

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  1. Yadira Hdez

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Joe! It’s indeed a rare to see North Korea photographs. I particularly like the first one. That covered TV says a lot …

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  2. Ed Rhodes

    wow, so desolate and sterile

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  3. Graham Curran

    There’s certainly something chilling in these images.

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  4. satnam singh

    good one.

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  5. Karl Rossmann

    I really love his portraits.

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