Last September, North Korea, the last Stalinist state in the world, celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. In this closed society dominated by an extreme degree of totalitarianism and for the citizens it is very difficult, and may even be completely impossible to receive news from the outside world. It is also almost impossible to get objective information about how people live in this country. Most of the photos of North Korea, which fall in the media or produces itself a totalitarian system, or approved by it (all the people who visit the DPRK are limited in moving around the country). However, considering all these photos, you can get a glimpse of life in present-day North Korea. The selection, in addition to photo provided by the North Korean news agencies, also has pictures taken at the border, and the famous photographer Eric Laforgue, who recently visited North Korea, and held there for some time, shares his impressions.
View of the North Korean village, used for propaganda purposes, from the observatory Yeolsoe 62 kilometers north of Seoul August 27 2008. (REUTERS / Jo Yong-Hak)
Man grimeet by boat along the bank of the Yalu River. On the background can be seen one of the ruined bridge that once linked China and North Korea. Picture taken September 12, 2008 near the town of Qing Cheng, 50 km north of the Chinese border city of Dandong. (REUTERS / David Gray)
The girl-soldier goes on a rural road. Photographer Eric Lafforgue: "I do not know how and where they go and what they do, but when I was in the countryside, then met a lot of strolling soldiers ...". (© Eric Lafforgue)
Houses along the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Picture taken 10 September 2008. (AP Photo / Yonhap, Baek Seung-yul)