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Glimpses of Humanity in Choreographed North Korea
In a massive spectacle held in Pyongyang over the weekend, North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, addressed an audience of thousands. His appearance was part of a week-long celebration of the birth of the nation’s founder Kim Il Sung. Kim Jong Un, who was recently named “supreme commander,” promised to continue a military-first policy, despite chronic economic and food shortages. Foreign photojournalists invited for the celebrations have been sending back hundreds of images — but viewers back home must work to read between the lines. As you view these images, keep in mind that the photographers are strictly limited, only able to capture pre-approved subjects in sanctioned settings. These shapes, colors, and choreographed formations form the image North Korea wants to project. But even photographs like these can give us glimpses of an individual among the masses, inspiring empathy or curiosity. As we look at these members of a long-impoverished, tightly controlled society, we can only study their faces and imagine what they might truly be thinking. [43 photos]
The 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, the tallest building in North Korea, towers above Pyongyang, on April 11, 2012. The hotel has been under construction (with numerous lengthy delays) since 1987. Parts of the pyramid are scheduled to open to the public as part of the centenary of Kim Il Sung’s birth. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)
Thousands of North Koreans participate in a mass dance performance in Kim Il Sung Square to commemorate 100 years since the birth of the late leader Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A North Korean woman weeps while singing a song about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of a mass dance performance in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, on April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
North Korean scientists work as a screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, on April 11, 2012. The rocket was launched shortly after, despite international condemnation — and broke apart on its ascent. As a result of the launch, the United States canceled a proposed food aid deal with the North Koreans. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade marking the centenary of the birth of his grandfather and the nation’s founder Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 15, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images) #
A North Korean woman looks up at balloons overhead at the end of an unveiling ceremony for statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, on April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A conductor waits for a train at Puhung subway station in Pyongyang, on April 14, 2012. Pyongyang’s metro network was opened between 1969 and 1972 by former President Kim Il Sung, and is supposedly the deepest in the world with its track some 110 meters underground.(Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) #
North Korean men look up as a plane flies overhead in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 12, 2012. The press bus took a wrong turn this day, and suddenly, everything changed in the official showcase of North Korean achievement. The drivers quickly backed up the three buses in the narrow deeply potholed streets and headed toward the intended destination: a spotlessly clean, brightly-lit, extensively marbled and nearly empty building that preserves digital music recordings and makes DVDs. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
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