Banned from North Korea – Unique Photos by Eric Lafforgue

Eric Lafforgue’s photography of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (or simply North Korea) gives us a rare glimpse of life inside this isolated country. Eric says that the pictures are “just what I’ve seen during my trip and what the government wants or allows to show to tourists.” Despite these limitations, his photos capture some of the unique flavor of North Korea, while at the same time portraying the basic humanity you can find in people everywhere. From 2008 to 2012, Eric made six trips to North Korea. In 2013, he was banned from the country.

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Miss Kim in Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Mangyongdae School children’s palace

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

North korean army Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Children pixels in Arirang making a giant soldier – Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

North Korean army 북한 Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

A beauty

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Under the portraits of the beloved leaders

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Soldier at work

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Kim Il Sung Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

North Korean General

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

National day in North Korea

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Stopping the Invisible man – Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Arirang Mass Games in North Korea

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Pyongyang airport

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

At the DMZ, soldier monitoring

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

North Korean soldier at the DMZ

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

The smiling chief of the village – Chilbo sea

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Mr Kim Hong Il, a state artist – Mansudae art studio Pyongyang

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Kids in Hamhung school

Eric Lafforgue North Korea

Two kids in Pyongyang

To see more of Eric’s work, you can visit his website or Flickr photostream. To learn more about his experiences in North Korea, you can read his ebook Banned from North Korea in English, French or Korean.

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  1. joel

    This are just Beautiful

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