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15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

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Not everyone gets the chance to see what North Korea is really like but this photographer Eric Lafforgue is one of the lucky people who got a chance to do it. Eric said “Since 2008, I have ventured to North Korea six times. Thanks to digital memory cards, I was able to save illegal pictures that I was forbidden to take or was told to delete by the minders.”

Eric was least interested in the carefully orchestrated tourist trips to North Korea that only reveals its facade. He wanted to capture the things beyond that. The things where he can see that the people and land aren’t under the complete control of Kim Jong Un. “I was treated like any other tourist,” he said. “They didn’t allow me to take pictures of the police, the army, etc. But with a 300mm zoom lens and a seat in the back of the bus, I could take so many…” He clicked hundreds of illegal pictures, showing government officials and citizens going about their everyday lives. “As soon as they were opening a new area to visit I tried to go and see it, documenting the place.”

So here are a few illegal pictures that Kim Jong Un surely didn’t want us to see!

1.When Visiting The Delphinium In Pyongyang, You Can Photograph The Animals, But Not The Soldiers Who Make Up 99% Of The Crowd.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

2.A Rare Example Of An Undisciplined Kid In North Korea. The Bus Was Driving In The Small Roads Of Samijyon In The North When This Kid Stood In The Middle Of The Road.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

3.As Cars Have Become More Widespread In Pyongyang, The Peasants Are Still Getting Accustomed To Seeing them. Kids Play In The Middle Of The Main Avenues Just Like Before When There Were No Cars In Sight.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

4.Soldiers Often Help On Local Farms

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

5.The Way You Dress Is Very Important In North Korea. In Town, You’ll Never Find Anybody Dressed Poorly. On This Day, Students Were Dancing In A Park. When I Asked To Take A Picture, The Girl Asked The Man To Straighten His Shirt.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

6.A Visit To A Rural Home. Those Houses And The Families Who Live There Are Carefully Selected By The Government. But Sometimes, A Detail Like A Bathroom Used As A Cistern Shows That Times Are Hard.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

7.In A Christian Church, This Official Was Dozing Off On A Bench. You Must Never Show The Officials In A Bad Light.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

8.This Kind Of Picture Is Widespread In The West. The Caption Often Explains That North Koreans Eat Grass From The Park. The Guides Get Furious If You Take It.

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

9.When You Sleep In Kaesong, Near The Dmz, You Are Locked In An Hotel Complex Composed Of Old Houses. It Allows The Guides To Say “Why Do You Want To Go Outside? It’s The Same As In The Hotel.” No, It’s Not!

15 Illegal Pictures Of North Korea That Kim Jong Un Will Never Want Anyone To See

10.One Night, On The Way Back To The Hotel My Bus Had To Take An Alternate Route Due To Street Closures. As We Passed By Old Buildings, The Guides Asked Me Not To Shoot With Flash. The Official Reason Was “To Avoid Scaring People”

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