Pictures

Where In The World?

Where in the world is this? DPRK of course, but I find it striking that the below pics from the Rason seaside park could be of healthy and happy children at play in any random park in the first world – more visual testimony of how quickly North Korea is modernizing for the better.

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Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Red Star for Exceptional Kindergarten Performance

Children from a kindergarten in Rason, North Korea  proudly wear red star awards for exceptional daily performance.

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Rason Kindergarten North Korea

Rason Kindergarten North Korea

Rason Kindergarten North Korea

Rason Kindergarten North Korea

Rason Kindergarten North Korea

Rason Kindergarten North Korea

Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


New Instagram Pics

Pyongyang Traffic Girl

Pyongyang traffic girl via Instagram.

For a quick look at my latest pics check out my Instagram feed.

Update: I’m here with CNN going on video in a few minutes.


Mangyongdae Children’s Palace

The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace; a place for children of the privileged elite to spend time after school practicing sports, art, folk dance and music – and of course, show it all off with military like precision and forced smiles to groups of visiting foreign friends and tourists.

Mangyongdae Children's Palace

Young Pioneers sing a martial song during a special Kim Il-sung’s 100th birthday celebratory performance at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace. More pictures from this set linked below.

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Kids Being Kids!

Children at play and out enjoying a sunny spring Pyongyang morning at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

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Pyongyang, North Korea Rollerblading

Pyongyang Roller Blading

Pyongyang Roller Blading

Pyongyang Roller Blading

Pyongyang Roller Blading

Pyongyang Roller Blading

Pyongyang Rollerblading

Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Portrait of a Girl

Girl in Wonson City Square, North Korea

Portrait of a girl in Wonsan City, North Korea .  She was quite a little ham, always finding a position front and foremost in the crowds so she could be the center focus of my photos. You can find more of her in these previous posts here, here, and here.


Thank You to Polaroid for Camera Sponsership

Polaroid Gift Shots in North Korea

Polaroid gift photo, Songdowon Children’s Camp, Wonsan, North Korea – photo by Joseph A Ferris III

The American in North Korea Blog, along with my partners over at The North Korea Blog, want to thank Polaroid for their generous sponsorship of a Z340 Instant Digital Camera for our most recent trip to the DPRK, North Korea. Connecting with North Korean locals was our biggest goal for the trip, and the Z340 was a tremendous help in the accomplishment of this mission. More than just showing our pictures to locals on a digital camera video screen, the Z340 Instant Digital Camera let us give something back, and judging by the enthusiasm and reactions encountered we trust that the images from the Z340 will be cherished by the people we shared them with.  Thanks again Polaroid – we look forward to more photos shared on our projected 2013 return trip to the DPRK!

Polaroid Gift Shots in North Korea

Sailors on the USS Pueblo receive their Polaroid photo.

Polaroid Gift Shots in North Korea

BBQ restaurant waitress showing off their Polaroid gift photo.

Polaroid Gift Shots in North Korea

Girls receive a gift Polaroid picture at the Kaeson Fun Fair, Pyongyang.

Polaroid Gift Shots in North Korea

A group of girls and their gift photo at Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang.

Polaroid Gift Shots in North Korea

A group of girls and their gift photo at Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang.

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Gift picture with girls at the 100th Year Kim Il Sung Birthday Celebrations.


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!

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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.

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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!


North Korean Photos by Andrew Lombardi

A collection of my favorite photos by Andrew Lombardi – the other photographer in my group on my trip to North Korea.

Mister Lee outside some restaurant

North Korean guide Mr. Lee.

Miss Yu "Gina'o" outside the International Friendship Museum

North Korean Guide Ms. Yu.

Our faithful bus driver Mister Che

Our fearless driver in North Korea.

Local Guide for International Friendship Museum

Local guide at Mt. Myohyang, DPRK, North Korea.

Kids waiting to enter the caves

School group at Mt. Myohyang caves, DPRK, North Korea.

Korean girls walking outside of Kim Il Sung birthplace

North Korean children at the family home of Kim Il sung.

Pointing on the map, the red circle is where the Axe Incident occurred

Trip guide Mrs Kim at the DMZ.

Locals decide to play frisbee with us

Frisbee diplomacy in Pyongyang.