37 posts tagged north korea
A recent picture of mine from the North Korean border town of Kaesong got double-page display in this week’s TIME magazine. Here’s an essay about the photo on the magazine’s Lightbox Tumblr.
Here’s a excerpt:
“I think that the photo is interesting because you can only see the exclamation point — it makes you begin to understand how ubiquitous the propaganda is inside North Korea. At the same time, there is a very noticeable absence of advertising there. In New York, we live with several-story-tall underwear ads looming above us. There, it’s the constant reminder of the regime at every corner.”
For more of my recent North Korea coverage, take a look at TIME’s Lightbox blog
The 2013 International Center for Photography Infinity Award for Photojournalism.
The use of everyday photography, even in times of tension. A profile of my North Korea pictures on NBC Nightly News.
I just arrived in #Pyongyang. I wonder if there’s anything good on TV tonight?
Or check out my own instagram feed here where I’ve been posting geolocated iPhone and iPod touch pictures from inside North Korea since the beginning of 2013.
This past week marked my 20th trip to North Korea. It started in 2000 when I accompanied then-US Secretary of State Madelline Albright’s visit to meet the late leader Kim Jong Il. During that trip, we were told not to take photos from the bus we traveled in and my hotel window was covered with a black plastic sheet.
So, fast forward to this past week when North Korea’s mobile phone service provider, Koryolink, announced that foreigners visiting North Korea will be allowed to bring in their phones and can connect to the internet on the DPRK’s 3G network.
It’s a powerful way to connect directly with the outside world from one of the most isolated countries in the world. The window on to North Korea has been opened a small crack.
Meanwhile for all North Koreans who will not be allowed access to the same services, the window remains firmly shut.
Here are a few other links to sites talking about the instagram pictures and new acceptance of 3G in the DPRK.
A Q&A on National Geographic Newswatch
Track via Storify
A cool post on Gawker titled I Can’t Stop Staring At These Instagrams From North Korea about my Instagram posts from inside the DPRK this year.
Collections of some new Associated Press pictures made during my latest trips to North Korea.
I’m proud to post that I’ve been honored with the 2013 International Center of Photography Infinity Prize for photojournalism. Please follow this link to their website to see a list of all of this year’s winners, including the legend David Goldblatt and my friend Kitra Cahana.
See here some of the results of a year-long project with a Hasselbald XPAN camera inside North Korea.
Read AP Asia correspondent Tim Sullivan’s latest story, with a slideshow of my photos, comparing North Korea’s 2nd-tier cities to the capital Pyongyang.
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture photo blog has collected some of the latest North Korea photos by me and fellow AP staffer Vincent Yu.
But the biggest thrill at tonight’s black tie dinner will be watching Joao Silva stand and light the ceremonial candle to remember fallen friends.
Thank you to National Geographic senior editor Susan Welchman who shares this Olivier Rebbot award. Also NGM’s Kurt Mutchler and Ken Geiger who pushed for this difficult story assignment and trusted me. A huge thank you to Noriko Hayashi who assisted me on this story, and the “dog catchers” Leo and Hiroshi Hoshi.
Thank you to The Associated Press. Our CEO Tom Curley believes in the power of photojournalism and had the vision to push for an AP bureau in the otherwise isolated country. Thanks also to Kathleen Carroll, John Daniszewski, Santiago Lyon, Greg Baker, and Brian Carovillano for helping to guide and push it through. A huge thanks to the AP colleagues who work day to day on the ground in the DPRK. Jean H. Lee, Raf Wober, Ng Han Guan, Vincent Yu, and Tim Sullivan.
Here’s a TIME magazine Lightbox post showing my work and the work of fellow winners Pete Muller and Andre Liohn.
Bravo to friends Yuri Kozyrev, Stephanie Sinclair, Todd Heisler, and Sebastian Liste for award citations.
TIME Magazine’s Phil Bicker profiles me on LightBox. A flattering run-down of my photo career so far and a broad edit of my North Korea photography. Thanks Phil and Kira.
“Finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography were: David Guttenfelder, Ng Han Guan and Rafael Wober of the Associated Press for their extraordinary portrayal of daily life inside the reclusive nation of North Korea, including scenes after the death of Kim Jong Il.”
The sum of the parts. From 2008 to 2012, a curious view of North Korea.
Collected by the Denver Post’s “Plog” photo blog