Eric Lafforgue

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.

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  1. shinichi Post author

    Scared: ‘You are supposed to see fun at the Songdowon Children’s Camp but some come from the country and are scared of escalators which they’ve never seen before’

    Scraps: ‘I spotted these kids collecting maize grains in the streets near Begaebong,’ explains Lafforgue of this surreptitious shot

    Fruits Market, North Korea

    Cold shower: A man bathes in the river in the countryside outside Pyongyang. ‘Once you get into rural areas, this sort of thing is very common,’ says Lafforgue

    Unamused: ‘The officials hate it when you take this kind of picture. Even when I explained that poverty exists everywhere, they still forbade me from taking them’

    Child labour: ‘When times are hard (as they usually are here), children can be found working for the farming collectives,’ explains Lafforgue

    Hunger: ‘My camera was confiscated for the duration of the bus trip to Chongjin which suffered in the famine. Once I saw the people in the street, I understood why’

  2. shinichi Post author

    Inside North Korea: The pictures Kim Jong-un doesn’t want you to see


    The images Kim Jong Un doesn’t want you to see: Haunting pictures inside North Korea… taken by a photographer who has now been banned from the rogue state for life

    • Photographer Eric Lafforgue took the ‘banned’ images during a visit to North Korea earlier this year
    • Forbidden subjects include malnourished people, child labourers and a man collecting grass to eat
    • Other photos that incurred the wrath of the regime included a shot of soldiers pushing a broken-down bus
    • Lafforgue says poverty is rare in Pyongyang because only the elite live there but things
      are tough elsewhere

    by Ruth Styles


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