Regardless of the kind of leisure venue one frequents in North Korea, the overarching cultural narrative comes from the state.
Shopping at a supermarket in Pyongyang is unlike other activities in the Hermit Kingdom or shopping nearly anywhere else in the world.
In 1962, an American soldier defected to North Korea. He's still there. This documentary tells his story.
More than 10 years ago, a British filmmaker received unprecedented access to film in Pyongyang. The documentary he made is an engaging portal into everyday life in North Korea.
In the capital, Pyongyang, entertainment options have expanded under Kim Jong-un, giving the privileged few—and foreigners—a glimpse of a better life.
North Korean escapees have endured extreme hunger and brutal treatment by the most totalitarian society on earth.
The world's roads are still a place of carnage, with hair-raising instances of risky practices, unenforced laws and shoddy data. This quick survey of country facts also shows that progress is real.
Grantee Tomas Van Houtryve was granted entry to North Korea, but he knew the scripted scenes he shot weren’t telling the real story.
Starkly different from the carefully orchestrated scenes in Pyongyang, the landscapes along North Korea's borders are at turns porous and paranoid.
A $429 million dam shows how South Korea deals with doomsday threats from the North.
With a delegation marooned inside the no man's land between North and South Korea since 1953, Switzerland maintains fragile ties with the North.
Photographer Tomas van Houtryve began exploring North Korea's borders after two trips inside the country in 2007 and 2008.
Going to the cinema. Playing in a water park. Shopping at a supermarket. These are leisure activities mundane in many societies, but do people in Pyongyang experience them in the same way?
With the same ruthless skill it uses to keep its population in check, North Korea also keeps journalists in the dark. But much can be learned from the outside looking in.
Cheap, available, and an antidote to hunger, crystal meth appears to be becoming the drug of choice both in North Korea, and in its porous border region with China.
Tomas van Houtryve talks about photographing North Korea from the outside.
Join us for a week of events at FotoWeek DC 2013 featuring photography focused on the way borders affect the populations they separate.
Executive Director Jon Sawyer introduces a standout project on Afghan landay poetry by grantees Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy, to which Poetry magazine have dedicated the entire June issue.
Pulitzer Center grantee Tomas van Houtryve has spent months looking into North Korea from its tightly sealed borders.