The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, remains one of the most mysterious and nation states in the world. While understandably western headlines are dominated by stories of nuclear-weapon testing and gulags, photographer Gianluca Pardelli wanted to document the human side of this East Asian country.
These images, shot in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea during an 8-day trip, belong to a wider series called Hermit Moments, in which Pardelli attempts to show different facets of little known countries.
The photographs represent both the stereotypical, but indeed very real, Orwellian aspects of North Korea alongside the much more human and authentic daily life.
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