Julia Leeb's Photos in North Korea are Truly Fascinating

 - Aug 12, 2014
References: teneues & fastcoexist
A collection of photographs taken inside a particular country doesn't necessarily sound like the most fascinating thing in the world, but when someone has managed to sneak into and take photos in North Korea -- the most isolated, secretive country in the world -- you know it has to be worth a look.

Photojournalists are rarely allowed to take photos in North Korea, and the government employs special guides to chaperone tourists and inspect their photographs. So German photographer Julia Leeb did the smart thing and disguised her identity as a photojournalist before entering the country and capturing a truly fascinating collection of snaps.

She spent a week in the country, capturing celebrations for the 100th birthday of Kim Jong Un's grandfather Kim Il Sung, massive synchronized dances, near-empty streets and bizarre places such as a children's museum featuring a nuclear missile. The photos serve to paint an engrossing picture of the lives of people in North Korea. They are compiled in a book titled 'North Korea: Anonymous Country'.