North Korea remains one of the most isolated countries on the planet. We have very little insight into the life, culture and people of this reclusive nation. With North Korea dominating our news feeds, thoughts and concerns, here are a few fascinating resources providing to us a rare glimpse into the everyday life inside North Korea.
EverydayDPRK Instagram: David Guttenfelder was an Associated Press photographer who helped open the bureau’s first unit inside North Korea in 2012. David opened this Instagram account in 2014 after leaving the AP in hopes of “opening a window on North Korea”. What makes this account intriguing is that there are multiple contributors, many of which are not professional photographers. Real people, inside North Korea capturing real moments. The account is not currently active however the captured moments most certainly help in revealing everyday life inside North Korea.
Jaka Parker (YouTube): Jaka is an Indonesian photographer/YouTuber living in Pyongyang. The videos he posts are amazing because he simply straps a GoPro to his chest and walks around. It is fascinating to not only see the visuals of unedited life in North Korea, but to be able to hear and observe his surroundings. I have no idea how he uploads these videos but you should definitely check them out.
DPRK 360 Facebook Page: A tremendous resource of diverse photos from within North Korea. This page is run by Aram Pan, a Singapore based travel photographer. This page is currently active with daily updates. Note that the tone of most photographs is positive towards the DPRK.
“The DPRK 360 project is an independent project that aims to showcase the many aspects of DPRK (a.k.a. North Korea) through interactive virtual tours, videos and photography.
This project will not address any political issues that may be sensitive. The purpose of this project is to encourage understanding of the country and uncover the mysteries that lay hidden. Through better understanding, fear can be removed and friendships can be made. Most of the images will not undergo Instagram, lomo or artistic filters to make them moody or emotional. There will also be interactive 360 degree panoramic images of places across the DPRK.” -Abram Pan
Ed Jones Instagram: Ed Jones is an Agence France-Presse (AFP) photojournalist based in South Korea. Ed is one of only a very few photo journalists still visiting and sending us glimpses from inside North Korea. You can also follow Ed’s Twitter where he frequently shares other photographer’s work from inside North Korea (@Edwardesjones).