Rare pictures of daily life in North Korea

Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP

Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP

David Guttenfelder, the only American photojournalist who has gained free entry into North Korea, thinks his images  help to make people better understand this distant, closed-off, and very special country.

Guttenfelder, an experienced war photojournalist, was recently awarded with the ICP Infinity award by the International Center of Photography, the organisation that also manages the body of work created by Robert Capa, and to mark the award MediaStorm created a very special multimedia piece (see below) from Guttenfelder’s images and what he say about them.

He tells stories and talks about his impressions of what it is like to work as the only western photographer behind North Korea’s iron curtain. I have written before about his work while a colleague and friend Levente Hernadi also gave his own insights on his blog in Hungarian about why it is so important what Guttenfelder and AP managed to do in North Korea. In his post Hernadi calls Guttenfelder the only real photojournalist in the country which may be a bit of an overstatement although who can trust the KCNA handout images with all their photo manipulations.

Some related links from my blog and elsewhere:

The MediaStorm material on Guttenfelder: