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Welcome to Pyongyang
Charlie Crane's large-format photographs of Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, were taken on three visits between 2005 and 2006. His landscapes and portraits are presented here in the manner of a guidebook, with an introduction by Crane's collaborator and producer, Nicholas Bonner, and with commentaries on the scenes depicted from int ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Chris Boot
(first published May 1st 2007)
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I was really disappointed in this book. It reads like a North Korean tour guide, focusing only on the benevolence of the Dear Leader Kim Jong il, and offers nothing that the reader couldn't get from any DPRK propaganda website. The photographer and the introducer are highly complimentary of North Korea's hospitality to visitors, completely ignoring the fact that outside their little bubble, North Korean citizens are starved and tortured to death in concentration camps. When the people of North K ...more
'Unapologetic' view of North Korea as they wish the world to see themselves. Polished, socialist paradise. Excellent photography of people and places. No, this may not be real life to most North Koreans, but it simply would not be possible to achieve this calibre of photos outside of the guided tourist route. Careful analysis of the photos brings suspicion that things are not what they may seem.