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January 28, 2011 10:59 AM   Subscribe

Art Lebedev visits North Korea, and provides a photo essay of rare quality.
posted by anigbrowl (36 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hey cool, you can see the Ministry of Truth in this image.
posted by AugieAugustus at 11:03 AM on January 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


This photoessay was posted here a few years ago...
posted by zsazsa at 11:05 AM on January 28, 2011


It's like the CIA kids homepage were you do photo analysis. Nice find anigbrowl. some pictures wont load for me.
posted by clavdivs at 11:06 AM on January 28, 2011


"The URL that you are attempting to access is a potential security risk. Trend Micro OfficeScan has blocked this URL in keeping with network security policy"

Any ideas why?
posted by Afroblanco at 11:19 AM on January 28, 2011


Yeah, not all of the pictures will load, but fascinating none the less. I'd kill for better captions.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:20 AM on January 28, 2011


afroblanco: this url doesn't take you to the real website, you actually go to nyud.com, which is a caching service (coral cache), sorta like google cache. i saw this posted elsewhere (reddit? fark?) with the real url and the site was hosed.
posted by Mach5 at 11:23 AM on January 28, 2011


Flagged as "Error: The system cannot find the file specified."
posted by daniel_charms at 11:23 AM on January 28, 2011


If you want to see all of the pictures, you can see the set on Artemy Lebedev's site, and read the captions in the original Russian if you so wish!
posted by zsazsa at 11:23 AM on January 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Really fascinating. I'd love more info about the photos as well. The link in the post zsazsa mentions is dead for me.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:25 AM on January 28, 2011


And Artemy Lebedev's site translated by google.

aaaaand now we're reddit.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 11:40 AM on January 28, 2011


i saw this posted elsewhere (reddit? fark?) with the real url and the site was hosed.

Probably Reddit. A friend passed it to me and the original server was obviously overloaded so I thought it was better to use the cache. It's perfectly safe. sorry I didn't think to check for a previous post; of course with NK it's kinda hard to tell whether things are recent or not.
posted by anigbrowl at 11:47 AM on January 28, 2011


Jesus, the official areas are all so empty.

It is estimated there at least 250,000 people, however, in the North Korean death camps.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 11:48 AM on January 28, 2011


This one reminded me of that Photoshop of Sarah Palin in a flag bikini brandishing a rifle.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:48 AM on January 28, 2011


So basically North Korea is rural China 10 years ago?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:49 AM on January 28, 2011


So basically North Korea is rural China 10 years ago?

The implication from that comment is that North Korea will undergo some sort of economic growth or change.

I don't think this will be happening any time soon.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 11:53 AM on January 28, 2011


Art Lebedev's other travel posts are interesting for showing easily-missed aspects of the design of different places. Here's the translated version.
posted by parudox at 12:18 PM on January 28, 2011


"The pedestrian zebra is original."

Probably my favorite lost-in-translation caption. Captivating look inside the DPRK, between these and what's available on Flickr.
posted by DrSawtooth at 12:19 PM on January 28, 2011


The implication from that comment is that North Korea will undergo some sort of economic growth or change.

The only change that has happened in rural china has been depopulation. It largely still looks like these photos out there, with more cars.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:22 PM on January 28, 2011


Wake up sheeple - this is Comrade Obama's plan for America!
posted by Ratio at 12:35 PM on January 28, 2011


The photos that aren't loading will load if you rightclick/open in a new window.
posted by jamaro at 12:39 PM on January 28, 2011


so THATS what those store front churchs in Flint are, "Parson Malthus Ministries and Real Estate"

Rip Foster is on this.
posted by clavdivs at 12:46 PM on January 28, 2011


This playground picture brought tears to my eyes.
posted by Ratio at 12:50 PM on January 28, 2011


This playground picture brought tears to my eyes.

Kids are good at entertaining themselves, playgrounds or not. I feel more for the adults.
posted by anarch at 1:03 PM on January 28, 2011


Looks fun.
posted by Liquidwolf at 1:07 PM on January 28, 2011


Fascinating stuff here. Especially about the rigid enforcement of small rules such as jaywalking - when there aren't any cars in the streets.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:16 PM on January 28, 2011


Kids are good at entertaining themselves, playgrounds or not.

Kids have a harder time entertaining themselves when they are starving to death.
posted by Nelson at 1:34 PM on January 28, 2011


I know how awful the situation is in North Korea, but I'm still awestruck at the pictures that come out of there.

National Geographic's Inside North Korea is a great little doc about the situation inside the country, if you have 45 minutes. The crew got in with Nepalese doctors who were brought in to do cataract surgery some people who'd gone blind from the disease.

If you've never read the news from the Korean Central News Agency, you should at least look around. It gives you an idea about what kind of news the regime wants to the world to see.

Lastly, Kim Jong Il looks at things.
posted by SNWidget at 1:35 PM on January 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Occupied Earth Kingdom. >nods<
posted by spaceboy86 at 2:23 PM on January 28, 2011


"The pedestrian zebra is original."

Probably my favorite lost-in-translation caption.


Lost in translation from English?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:55 PM on January 28, 2011


Scenes from a world without oil.
posted by sagwalla at 3:05 PM on January 28, 2011


Korean Central News Agency

Wow, that is amazing.
posted by grouse at 3:53 PM on January 28, 2011


The Vice Guide to North Korea is amusing, if you like this sort of thing.
posted by ovvl at 4:55 PM on January 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


There is a fascinating graphic novel account of living in North Korea by a man who was overseeing subcontracted animation work for the French.
posted by sumiami at 6:41 PM on January 28, 2011


Phenomenal post. Thanks for sharing.
posted by electricsandwich138 at 8:01 AM on January 29, 2011


Fascinating stuff, I am currently reading the Inspector O novels which I recommend to any crime fiction fans and this helps contextualise them.
posted by fallingbadgers at 9:05 AM on January 29, 2011


Link appears to be broken. Anyone know if there is another link to look at?

Cheers
posted by rundhc at 12:46 PM on January 29, 2011


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