A Journey Into The Dark Side Of North Korea [With Photos]

2 years ago by in Korea

By now you probably already know that North Korea is a scary and bizarre country. Eric Lafforgue, a photographer, decided to show a darker side of North Korea that most of you don’t know about. Lafforgue bravely traveled around North Korea about six times and always manages to sneak out photographic evidence of the trip.

It was dangerous but he managed to smuggle digital memory cards past the border guards.

Eric said, “I was banned after my last trip in September 2012 when I published some photos on the web. The North Koreans saw them and asked me to delete them as they judged them too offensive. I refused as I thought it was unfair not to show the reality of the country.” 

north-korea

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Even though these are all real pictures of what’s going on in North Korea, it’s still a bit frightening looking at them.

north-korea2

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

The struggle you see here are very much real.

north-korea3

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Life is really difficult in most parts of North Korea.

north-korea4 (1)

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Even though life is hard in North Korea…

north-korea5

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

These people still manage to love their leader.

north-korea6

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

The North Korean officials actually prohibits people from snapping pictures of the poor.

north-korea7

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Even though they also exist in many other places throughout the world.

north-korea8

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

“On the day of the Kimjongilia festival, thousands of North Koreans must queue up to visit various monuments.” You can also see that everyone is properly dressed.

north-korea9

Source: Eric Lafforgue

It’s rare people get to even look inside the borders of North Korea…

north-korea10

Source: Eric Lafforgue

But, photos like these will let people realize what life is really like in North Korea.

north-korea11

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Many of those who live in North Korea don’t even have access to any modern technology such as cellphones, cameras, and even vehicles.

north-korea12

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Times can be difficult for many of the families that live in this country.

north-korea13

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Citizens would need to have permits in order to travel between towns.

north-korea14

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Showing wealth is also prohibited as well as showing poverty.

north-korea15

Source: Eric Lafforgue

You’re also prohibited from taking pictures of the soldiers relaxing…

north-korea16

Source: Eric Lafforgue

And of course, malnutrition.

north-korea17

Source: Eric Lafforgue

The high class are the only ones allowed to shop in supermarkets.

 

north-korea18

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Safety standards don’t exist in North Korea.

north-korea19

Source: Eric Lafforgue

“When visiting the delphinium in Pyongyang, you can photograph the animals, but the soldiers who make up 99% of the crown.”

north-korea20

Source: Eric Lafforgue

If you are caught taking pictures of people resting, the guards will ask you to delete it because they think that you might report them as being homeless.

north-korea21

Source: Eric Lafforgue

It’s actually considered a crime if a broom is seen leaning against the statue of Kim II Sung.

north-korea22

Source: Eric Lafforgue

These type of photo is common but if the guides see you take a picture, they’ll get mad and ask you to delete it.

north-korea23

Source: Eric Lafforgue

However, they do love it when you’ll take photos of families owning computers… though it’s pretty obvious that no one has electricity.

north-korea24

 

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Pictures of Kim statues from the back are rude according to them.

north-korea25

Source: Eric Lafforgue

This line is for those who want to take the bus.

north-korea26

Source: Eric Lafforgue

It’s also very often that the buses break down and men would have to push the bus when it does.

north-korea27

Source: Eric Lafforgue

“In the art centre of Pyongyang, we experienced a power outage, a daily event the North Koreans hate to show. When it happens, they tell you it’s because of the American embargo.”

north-korea28

Source: Eric Lafforgue

Eric Lafforgue is a brave man for having the guts to sneak out pictures of the country. The pictures are interesting though it shows the hardship that the citizens of North Korea faces on their every day life. You can tell that the citizens fear their own government, but they still stay loyal to their leader. These pictures consists of three combination: poverty, pride, and heavy government influence.

If you’re interested to see more pictures from Eric. Check out his photography website which is located here. That was a great read don’t you think?

Source: News.Com.Au