Eric Lafforgue’s North Korea

With multiple visits under his belt, and with an Arirang Mass Games photo gracing the cover of National Geographic Magazine, Eric Lafforgue is the world’s photography authority on North Korea. It was the discovery of his work just over a year ago that inspired me to learn digital photography and to pursue travel and street photography. Eric not only works his craft in North Korea, his award winning photos cover the most inaccessible parts of Africa, Asia, and beyond. Be sure to check them out at his Flickr page!

Kim - North Korea DPRK 북한

She’s called Kim i Sim – photo by Eric Lafforgue.  The photo that cemented my obsession with North Korea and fueled my ambition to become a better photographer.

Several photo story series by Eric Lafforgue:

USA? No, North Korea!

The Dear Leaders are watching you – North Korea  

Unknown North Korea  

Through the lens of a master – a set of Arirang Mass Games photos by Eric Lafforgue.

Arirang Mass Games in May Day stadium Pyongyang- North Korea

Sexy army in Arirang Mass Games in May Day stadium Pyongyang- North Korea

Arirang mass games in Pyongyang - North Korea

Arirang mass games in Pyongyang - North Korea

Kids in Arirang Mass Games in May Day stadium Pyongyang- North Korea

Kids at Arirang Mass Games in May Day stadium Pyongyang- North Korea

I want to thank Eric for personally giving me his permission to post his photos on this blog!

6 responses

  1. Great photos. Why do the people in the photos appear to be so happy, healthy and well fed? I assume they are from Pyongyang where I understand that such activities are well subsidized and that participation is officially appreciated.

    How about some photos from the provinces?

    January 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

    • They work very hard to only show you what they want you to see – we did see malnourished child soldiers but I would have gotten in trouble taking pics like that.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:57 am

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