January 16, 2017 / Fandor
Laya Maheshwari
In 1962, an American soldier defected to North Korea. He's still there. This documentary tells his story.
Women dressed in traditional Korean dresses performing at the opening ceremony of the 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival. Image by Laya Maheshwari. North Korea, 2016.
November 16, 2016 / Fandor
Laya Maheshwari
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.
Kim Il-sung Square, against a backdrop of the Taedong river and the Juche Tower on the other side.  Image by Laya Maheshwari. North Korea, 2016.
October 25, 2016 /
Laya Maheshwari
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?
Sparse traffic passes through Future Scientists Street, a gleaming, six-lane avenue that's meant to serve as a showcase for outsiders of Pyongyang's recent development. Image by Laya Maheshwari. North Korea, 2016.
October 25, 2016 / The New York Times
Laya Maheshwari
In the capital, Pyongyang, entertainment options have expanded under Kim Jong-un, giving the privileged few—and foreigners—a glimpse of a better life.
February 19, 2014 / NBC News
Tomas van Houtryve
North Korean escapees have endured extreme hunger and brutal treatment by the most totalitarian society on earth.
October 24, 2013
Meghan Dhaliwal
Join us for a week of events at FotoWeek DC 2013 featuring photography focused on the way borders affect the populations they separate.
September 5, 2013
Tomas van Houtryve
Tomas van Houtryve talks about photographing North Korea from the outside.
Borderland: In the Shadow of North Korea
August 18, 2013
Tomas van Houtryve
Pulitzer Center grantee Tomas van Houtryve’s project “Borderline North Korea,” documents North Korea’s 1400 km border with China and the D.M.Z. separating it from South Korea.
August 12, 2013 / Untold Stories
Tom Hundley
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.
June 3, 2013
Jon Sawyer
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.
May 30, 2013 / American Public Media
Tomas van Houtryve
Grantee Tomas Van Houtryve was granted entry to North Korea, but he knew the scripted scenes he shot weren’t telling the real story.
May 18, 2013 / Untold Stories
Tomas van Houtryve
Starkly different from the carefully orchestrated scenes in Pyongyang, the landscapes along North Korea's borders are at turns porous and paranoid.
May 15, 2013 / Untold Stories
Tomas van Houtryve
A $429 million dam shows how South Korea deals with doomsday threats from the North.